One of our strongest (and certainly most beautiful) collecting areas focuses on costume design, specifically for Broadway and for the various Paris music halls.
The heart of our costume design collections are the papers of Freddy Wittop (b.1911- d.2001). Wittop designed for many venues, including the
Folies Bergère. Our collections of Wittop’s designs include not only an extensive holding of his original design artwork, but also his
sketchbooks and slides of designs and productions, research material, awards, playbills, and genuine costumes from several of Wittop’s productions.
Beyond the Wittop materials, our extensive Paris Music Hall collection encompasses over 6,000 original renderings of costume designs and 1,000 original renderings of curtain designs from the fabulous music halls of Paris from the first decades of the 20th century. Included in this collection are original designs from such eminent designers such as Erté, Serge Kojan, Alex Shanks, José Zamora, and Zig, as well as more materials from Freddy Wittop.
Both the Freddy Wittop collection (MS2727) and the Paris Music Hall collection (MS714) are open for research and study. The designs featured with this post are both from the Freddy Wittop collection.