The Kellen Design Archives has many collections available for researchers who want to examine archival documents pertaining to fashion design, education, illustration, and marketing. This guide lists the collections under four categories, although there is often cross-over from one category to the next.
Kellen Design Archives documents the history of Parsons back to its founding in 1896
by collecting materials produced by faculty, students, former students, and
associates of Parsons. Because Parsons has been such an important design school
for so long, and so many important figures in the design universe have either
gone to school here, or taught here (or both), the Kellen collections can open
a window onto many 20th (and 21st) century design
practices, trends and changes.
We created this page to help fashion researchers find Kellen Design Archives collections easily. Not all of our collections are in Bobcat yet, but they are all included in this guide.
Fashion illustration for Saks Fifth Avenue by Esta Nesbitt