Bonnie Cashin

Due out next spring, the Rizzoli tome’s working title — “Bonnie Cashin: Chic Is Where You Find It” — refers to the designer’s favorite phrase, one that she first took a liking to in the Forties.



CASHIN ON VIEW — AND BY THE BOOK: More than 15 years after her death, Bonnie Cashin seems to be having a moment. Her signature sportswear is on view in what is the first fashion exhibition to be staged in the 91-year history of San Francisco’s Legion of Honor. Earlier this month the Cincinnati Art Museum teamed up with the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning for a pop-up exhibition dedicated to Cashin. Meanwhile, Stephanie Lake, who befriended Cashin later in life and maintains the most comprehensive Bonnie Cashin archive, is finishing up a monograph about the designer drawing from the personal items and clothing collection she was given by Cashin’s estate. Due out next spring, the Rizzoli tome’s working title — “Bonnie Cashin: Chic Is Where You Find It” — refers to the designer’s favorite phrase, one that she first took a liking to in the Forties, said Lake, who designs her own label of accessories.

As it turns out, DAAP has 200 of Cashin’s designs that were a gift from Ohio State University. Those items were initially given to OSU by Phil Sills, whose company Sills & Co. manufactured Cashin’s sportswear from 1952 until the late Seventies. OSU still has some of the Cashin designs given by Sills. The two schools may apply for a joint grant to digitalize their respective Cashin collections together to make them more accessible to others, said DAAP’s Jennifer H. Krivickas. In addition to being the head of the school’s Robert A. Deshon & Karl J. Schlachter Library for Design, she teaches “Documenting a Fashion Icon,” a progressive grant-funded class where students are chronicling Cashin’s collection by photographing, Photoshopping and writing descriptive narratives, among other things.

This story first appeared in the April 23, 2015 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

Bonnie Cashin

Bonnie Cashin in 1957.  Courtesy Photo

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