Dorothy Jeakins built an impressive list of credits in theater, film, and television and came to be respected as one of the
best costume designers in the entertainment industry. The collection contains costume designs, preparatory sketches, textile
swatches, and designer notes related to her career.
Dorothy Jeakins was born January 11, 1914, in San Diego, California; her father, George Tyndall Jeakins, was a stockbroker,
and her mother, Sophia Maria (von Kempf) Jeakins, was a couture dressmaker. After her parents separated, Jeakins was placed
into foster care. Following graduation from Fairfax High School, in 1931, Jeakins submitted original drawings to a competition
and won a three-year fine arts scholarship to the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, where she studied drawing and painting.
Jeakins graduated from Otis in 1934 and joined the Works Progress Administration, Southern California Art Project as its youngest
woman artist. In 1936 she accepted a position painting animated cells in the color department at the Walt Disney Studio ,
then in the late 1930s, she joined the Los Angeles department store I. Magnin, drawing fashion layouts in the advertising
department. Her work caught the attention of a Twentieth Century Fox art director, who hired her as an assistant to illustrate
costumes for the studio; she was eventually assigned as an assistant to costume designer Ernst Dryden.
14 boxes (7 linear ft.)
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