Costume Designers Guild collection

Special Collections
Margaret Herrick Library © 2013

Descriptive Summary

Title: Costume Designers Guild collection
Date (inclusive): 1936-2005
Date (bulk): 1942-1976
Collection number: 191
Creator: Costume Designers Guild
Extent: 1 linear foot of papers. 754 artworks.
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

Costume Designers Guild collection, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Costume Designers Guild, 2003-2007, 2010


The Costume Designers Guild was formed in 1953 as an independent organization that negotiated separate contracts for its members who were either freelance designers or designers under contract to a studio. The Guild was formed exclusively for costume designers and in 1976, joined the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees as local 892.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Costume Designers Guild Collection spans the years 1936-2005 (bulk 1942-1976) and encompasses less than 1 linear foot of manuscripts and 754 artworks. The collection documents the work of Hollywood costume designers including Colleen Atwood, April Ferry, Bernard Johnson, Orry Kelly, Jean Louis, Moss Mabry, Patricia Norris, Adele Palmer, May Routh, Julie Weiss, Michael Wolfe, and Albert Wolsky.


Arranged in the following series: 1. Subject files, 2. Vertical files, 3. Graphic arts.

Indexing Terms

Costume Designers Guild