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titleNina Hyde collection, 1914-1996.
descriptionThis collection consists of files kept by Washington Post fashion writer Nina Solomon Hyde (1932-1990). Hyde worked at the Post from 1972 to 1990, and most of the content lies within these dates. However, some material refers to events prior to 1972 (including items from Hyde's previous job at the Washington Daily News) and it appears that the files were maintained after her death, as there are items dated as late as 1996. Most of the file subjects are fashion designers, although some famous models and personalities are included, as well as general topics related to fashion. The major fashion personalities of the period are covered, as well as younger, lesser known designers. Most of the items in the collection relate to the fashion press (articles written by Hyde and others, photographs taken by reporters, notes and correspondence representing day-to-day work), or to fashion publicity (materials found in press kits such as photographs, biographical information, press releases, and other forms of promotional writing). There are also a number of original designer sketches, copies of sketches, advertisements, and related items. The majority of the content is related to women's clothing, but there is some information about men's wear, children's wear, and accessories. Many of the items are undated, so the dates listed for each folder reflect dates found by the cataloger, and may not fully represent the content. The collection is particularly strong for Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laurent, First Ladies (Nixon through Clinton), the punk movement, Geoffrey Beene, Fendi, Calvin Klein, Princess Diana, Valentino, and articles written by Eugenia Sheppard.

Bio/History: Nina Solomon Hyde was born Nina Solomon in 1932 in New York City. She attended Smith College and was accepted at NYC Law School. She left NYU and went to work at McCann-Erickson (advertising), the Maidenform Brassiere Company, Women's Wear Daily, and the Tobe Report. In 1961 she married Lloyd Hyde and moved to Washington D.C. There she worked for the Washington Daily News and then the Washington Post. Hyde worked as the fashion writer at the Washington Post from 1972 until her death in 1990. She received the Eugenia Sheppard Award for outstanding fashion reporting from the Council of Fashion Designers in 1988, the Aldo Award from the menswear industry (the first lifetime achievement award given by that group), the Georgetown University Bicentennial Medal, and the rank of chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters from the French culture minister in 1989. Hyde died in Washington D.C. from breast cancer, and the Georgetown University Medical Center established the Nina Hyde Center for Breast Cancer Research in her honor./ The Washington Post was started in 1877, with the Style section first appearing in 1969. Style replaced a section titled For and About Women which included stories about society and fashion. Nina Hyde was the fashion editor from 1972 until 1990. She was succeeded by Cathy Horyn.
General Info: Access: Open to researchers by appointment at the Fashion Institute of Technology Library, Department of Special Collections and FIT Archives./ The Department of Special Collections and FIT Archives does not own copyright for all material held in its physical custody. It is the researcher's obligation to abide by and satisfy copyright law ( when copying or using materials (including digital materials) found in or made available from the department. When possible, the department will inform a researcher about the copyright status of material, the researcher's obligations with regard to such material, and, wherever possible, the owner or owners of the copyrights. Any and all reproduction of originals is at the archivist's discretion./ Organization: Collection level./ The collection was donated in the 1990s and was processed 20091015-20100615
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