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NEW YORK — Yeshiva University Museum in Manhattan is planning an exhibition titled “A Perfect Fit: The Garment Industry and American Jewry, 1860-1960,” set to open in December.
The exhibit will explore the history of American fashion, from Gold Rush-era blue jeans to Hollywood-inspired glamour. It also will examine the evolution of the workplace, including the relationship between management and organized labor, and the way American Jews helped to build an industry that made Seventh Avenue the heart of international apparel commerce. There are also examples of the industry’s growth in Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angeles.
Special attention will be paid to companies and people that reflect the forces that contributed to the industry’s rise. This includes innovators such as Levi Strauss, Hickey-Freeman and Hart Schaffner & Marx; fashion trendsetters such as Nettie Rosenstein, Adrian and Hattie Carnegie; sportswear trailblazers Cole of California and Anne Klein; retail moguls such as the Bloomingdales and Bergdorf Goodman, and manufacturing giants Leslie Fay and Puritan.
The exhibit is funded partly by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Yeshiva University Museum is at 15 West 16th Street. It is to run through March 31 and then move to other museums around the country.
This story first appeared in the July 8, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.