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Typescript : "Nobody's Fault but My Own, Unlimited" by Dora Sarin

David Hicks: correspondence and press clippings

Suzanne Caygill

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Designer collection | University of Miami Special Collections

By Tiffany Saulter

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Title: Designer collectionAdd to your cart.

ID: M0136

Extent: 3.0 Boxes

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains information about and writings of designers from fashion design as well as interior design. Included is the typescript of "Nobody's Fault but My Own, Unlimited", a memoir of Dora Sarin's memoirs of her Post-World War II New York fashion business, and 14 pieces of correspondence from interior designer David Hicks as well as 12 pieces of press clippings about Hicks, his work and family. The collection also contains ephemera from Suzanne Caygill's life, including six color swatches, a personal notebook, lecture hand-outs, and one booklet entitled "Everyone is talking about Suzanne."

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Advertising - Fashion
Interior decoration

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Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation: Design Collection, Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida.

Processing Information: Originally arranged by Tiffany Saulter, then re-arranged by Nazir Crump under the supervision of Yvette Yurubi in 2017.

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[Box 1: Typescript : "Nobody's Fault but My Own, Unlimited" by Dora Sarin, ca. 1950s to 1960s],
[Box 2: David Hicks: correspondence and press clippings],
[Box 3: Suzanne Caygill],

Box 1: Typescript : "Nobody's Fault but My Own, Unlimited" by Dora Sarin, ca. 1950s to 1960sAdd to your cart.
"Typed manuscript, 6 leaves (11x8 inches)... In Dora Sarin's memoir of her Post-World War II New York fashion business, Things Unlimited, she declares that it "was the first public [fashion] botique in the U.S. set up as a thing in itself not in conjunction witha Maison de Couture as in Paris..." (pp[3-4]). In 1945 Sarin opened her fashion botique in Greenwich Village near Greenwich Avenue and Sixth Avenue in New York City. At that time, the neighborhood was decidely not chic and trendy: Since Things Unlimited was across from the controverial Womens [sic] House of Detention my door was the waiting room for relatives, friends, and pimps who arrived to reassure their girls that all was being doen to release them... Then came the drunks and the panhandlers. From the Bowery, to Bleecher Street flophouses they lurched through Washington Square Park, down through the street shops crossing Sixth Avenue ro Greenwich Avenue and right into my shop which was right at the headstart of the street. (p[2])..." -Ian Brabner Bookseller

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