Jeanette Jarnow interview, 1994 December 20

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Jeanette Jarnow interview, 1994 December 20
Contributor Names
Poll, Carol (Interviewer)
Jarnow, Jeannette A.
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Jeannette Jarnow, former Chair of the Fashion Buying and Merchandising Department (FBM), discusses the small and intimate nature of FIT when she joined in 1956. She discusses the founding of the school by Morris Haft, Virginia Pope, and a handful of fashion industry insiders. She then describes the birth of the FBM department thanks to an endowment by Bergdorf Goodman as well as close relationships with Lord & Taylor, Abraham and Strauss, and Bloomingdale's. Jarnow touches on influential people from each department store and then goes into the student demographic make-up of the 1950s. Jarnow describes the changes at FIT over her 38 year career such as the former dress code. She then describes fundraising events and field trips to wholesalers and retailers. Jarnow also remembers famous speakers coming to the school such as Yves Saint Laurent and Givenchy. She recalls that Virginia Pope used to take students to the opera and other public events to experience fashion and culture. Jarnow briefly touches on her time as Chair and describes the publication of her book, "Inside the Fashion Business." Jarnow also emphasizes FIT's international reach and the vast array of career options alumni have experienced. Finally, she mentions the Oral History of FIT taken by Mildred Finger which was housed in the library.
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Oral histories
Jarnow, Jeannette A.
Bethel, Lawrence L.
Pope, Virginia
Saint Laurent, Yves
Givenchy, Hubert de, 1927-2018
Goodman, Andrew
Goodman, Edwin
Dawley, Melvin
Murphy, Katie
Solomon, Sidney, 1902-1975
Finger, Mildred
Haft, Morris
Slonin, Molly
Snyder, Rosalind
Lord & Taylor
Bergdorf Goodman (New York, N.Y.)
Abraham & Straus
Bloomingdale's (Firm)
Fashion merchandising
Dress codes
Department stores
Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, N.Y.)
New York (State)
New York (State)--New York
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Fashion Institute of Technology. (1994, December 19). Jeanette Jarnow interview, 1994 December 20 [Video]. Archive on Demand.
Fashion Institute of Technology. "Jeanette Jarnow interview, 1994 December 20." Archive on Demand, 19 Dec. 1994,
Fashion Institute of Technology, "Jeanette Jarnow interview, 1994 December 20," Archive on Demand, December 19, 1994, video,