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Creator:
Sun, Ming-ju  Search this
Donor:
Sun, Ming-ju  Search this
Sun, Ming-ju  Search this
Names:
Garfinckel's (Department store)  Search this
Artist:
Ambrose, Amie  Search this
Extent:
2 Cubic feet (5 boxes, 1 map-folder)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Catalogs
Advertisements
Tear sheets
Paper dolls
Date:
circa 1972-2002, undated
Summary:
Fashion drawings and the photographic work of Ming-Ju Sun while as an employee of Garfinckel's Department Store and as an independent artist.
Scope and Contents:
Collection consists of the original drawings and photographic work of Ming-Ju Sun as an employee of Garfinckel's Department Store and as an independent artist. It includes original artwork, newspaper advertisement tear sheets, photographic materials, fashion illustration coloring books, fashion catalogs, and other materials that provide information about the fashion industry and its advertising. The materials document women's fashions dating from 1972- to 2002. The collection is a rich resource for advertising art in the 20th century, fashion and costume design, and fashion history.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged in two series.
Biographical / Historical:
Ming-Ju Sun arrived in the United States from China in the 1940s. In the early 1970s, she studied fine art, taking classes on the history of costume and textiles as well as Chinese and Japanese history at the University of Maryland. While earning her graduate degree she worked as a fashion illustrator for the Garfinckel's department store located in Washington, DC. Beginning in the 1980s, Sun worked as an independent artist creating hand-illustrated paper-doll, sticker, and coloring books for Dover Publishing. Her artwork has been shown in galleries in Washington, DC. Source: Collecting and Discovering Ming-Ju Sun: Paper-doll Cues to a Family History by Rachel Endoso, December 10, 2014.
Related Materials:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History Carolyn and Donald Grepke Paper Doll Collection (AC0752) Joseph Magnin Poster Collection (AC0355) Division of Costume Audiovisual Collection (AC0801) Priscilla of Boston Collection (AC0557) California Shop Records (AC0572) National Cotton Council of America Photographs and Films (AC01177) Warchaw Collection of Business Americana (AC0060)
Provenance:
The collection was donated to the Archives Center by Ming-Ju Sun in 2005.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use. Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: fees for commercial use. All duplication requests must by reviewed and approved by Archives Center staff.
Topic:
Fashion merchandising  Search this
advertising -- Clothing and dress -- 1970-2010  Search this
advertising -- Clothing trade -- 1970-2010  Search this
advertising -- Fashion -- 1970-2010  Search this
Women -- Employment  Search this
Women in business -- 1970-2010  Search this
Advertising art -- 20th century  Search this
Costume design  Search this
Fashion  Search this
advertising  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings -- 20th century
Catalogs
Advertisements
Tear sheets
Paper dolls
Citation:
Ming-Ju Sun Garfinckel's Fashion Drawings, 1972-2002, undated, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0897
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Ming-Ju Sun Garfinckel's Fashion Drawings
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0897