Fashion Institute of Technology

Log Number: ST-248576-OMS-20

The Gladys Marcus Library at the Fashion Institute of Technology will use funds to address the micro-preservation needs of the archives of three pivotal Garment District firms: Davidow Inc. (1880-1973); A. Beller & Company (1915-1931); and Monte-Sano & Pruzan (1915-1969). These three collections, which include fashion sketches, illustrations, or croquis (working sketches of live models), represent the firms at the pinnacle of their specialization: Beller, for its successful WWI-era transition, introducing French-inspired fashion into the American market; Davidow, for expanding high-end, ready-to-wear American sportswear; and Monte Sano & Pruzan, for traditional, custom-made suits. These original records document the extensive creative activity that defined the products of a significant American historic district. The project will be matched by $84,823 in non-federal share.