Women in New York Fashion

A Research Agenda

About the Stutz Fellowship

Women in New York Fashion: A Research Agenda is a three-year research project initiated in 2013 at Parsons School of Design, with funding from the Geraldine Stutz Trust. At its core it investigates and acknowledges the work of Geraldine Stutz (1924 – 2005), who served as President of Henri Bendel, a major fashion specialty store in New York City, for 29 years. This project places her work and accomplishments alongside those of other under-recognized women who were key to the development, business, and creative impact of New York fashion retailing in the twentieth century.

20th Century Retail Mavens Symposium

View all the videos from the 2015 symposium Women in New York Fashion: 20th Century Retail Mavens, on our events page.

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Fashioning Camelot

This research paper traces the history of Henri Bendel through Geraldine Stutz’s presidency, accounting for the store’s impact as a destination in New York Fashion.

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Past Events

Review the three symposiums which discussed the research methodology, the department store in New York City and pioneering female executives.

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Online Exhibition

Four photo galleries explore the broader history of Henri Bendel, its unique advertising media and window displays, as well as the life of Geraldine Stutz.

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Travel through time looking at the department store migrations in New York City, and milestones for Henri Bendel and Geraldine Stutz.

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