Documentary produced for a Parsons School of Design-sponsored retrospective of Norman Norell at the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
End credits: Narrated by Pia Lindstrom. Written by Bernadine Morris. Music Arranged by David Carter. Editor/Cameraman James Chiadek. Directed by Milton H. Greene, Encompass, Inc. Produced by Parsons School of Design with the aid of grants from: National Endowment for the Arts, Council of Fashion Designers of America.;The following notes are from Frank Rizzo, former dean of Fashion Design Department on March 17, 1995 in his "Notes on 100th Anniversary Events": "Parsons paid for this (with substantial underwriting by J.C. Penney Company) Beautifully produced piece--it was done as part of the retrospective that Parsons did at Grace Raney Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art--the show was done just two days before he died. Ann Keagy, previous chair of fashion [at Parsons], worked well over a year--closely with Mr. Norell to identify the most important pieces he had done over the years, and the women who had these clothes in their personal wardrobes. She worked with magazine and newspaper fashion editors to locate copy (articles, covers, etc.). All Norell clients from a list he gave Parsons were written and asked if we could borrow the clothes for this retrospective. as well as this film. We collected clothes from all over the United States from some very famous women (such as Lauren Bacall, etc.) and clothes were stored in an archive room at 2 West 13th Street, third floor, the location of the fashion design department at the time. We had a 24 hour guard sitting in front of the door for almost 3 months while the clothes were being delivered to us. "When all the clothes were finally assembled, Norman Norell edited and selected what he wanted to show, did all the accessorizing, and sketches were done (at his direction) of the hair and make-up he wanted for the various periods. It was a brilliant experience to have him in the department for over a week reviewing his own work and listening to his oral history about what these clothes were..."