Shirley Goodman interview, 1984 February 7

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Shirley Goodman interview, 1984 February 7
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Goodman, Shirley
Finger, Mildred (Interviewer)
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This is an interview with Executive Vice President Emeritus and Executive Director of the Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries Shirley Goodman. She discusses her family history and first job in Washington D.C. This led her to a string of other opportunities including cooperating with Robert Moses to plan the 1939 World's Fair in New York and participating in New York's "Golden Anniversary," in 1948. That year she was introduced to FIT; the start of a very long relationship. Goodman discusses having to learn quickly about the fashion industry, and describes the planning of FIT's first building which was completed in 1959; with the subsequent building of their first dormitory in 1962 and second building in 1972. Goodman then delves into her activities during the Golden Anniversary, explaining vigorous twice-a-day fashion shows by Tom Lee and Eleanor Lambert at the Grand Central Palace. Goodman describes her involvement with the Moscow Expositions in both 1959 and 1967 and then goes into her personal life and family. Goodman describes how FIT started and how it has evolved over the years, including the acquisition of funding. Finally Goodman lists some of the major influences in her life.
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Oral histories
Goodman, Shirley, 1915-1991
Moses, Robert
Baruch, Bernard
Whelan, Grover
Nevins, Allen
Lambert, Eleanor
Lee, Tom
Deitsch, Samuel
Kuper, Theodore Fred, 1886-1981
Ritter, Mortimer
Meyer, Max
Haft, Morris
Reinitz, Bertram
Bethel, Lawrence L.
Wagner, Robert
High School of the Needle Trades (New York, N.Y.)
Young & Moscowitz
Jarvie, Lawrence
Feldman, Marvin
Perette, Suzy
Brown, Himan
Snyder, Rosalind
Brown, Nat
Slonin, Molly
Kopp, Ernestine
Morse, Jenny
Solar, Fanny
Brandriss, Marion K.
Goodman, Andrew
Hanenberg, Dorothy
Klein, Calvin, 1942-
Kamali, Norma
Anthony, John
Haire, Bill
Cattrall, Martha
Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, N.Y.)
New York (State)--New York
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FIT Repository ID: aod_000848
SPARC reference code: US.NNFIT.SC.FITA.


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Fashion Institute of Technology. (1984, February 6). Shirley Goodman interview, 1984 February 7 [Video]. Archive on Demand.
Fashion Institute of Technology. "Shirley Goodman interview, 1984 February 7." Archive on Demand, 6 Feb. 1984,
Fashion Institute of Technology, "Shirley Goodman interview, 1984 February 7," Archive on Demand, February 6, 1984, video,