Fashion designs by Majorie Steele

Scope and Content

Original fashion designs and drawings by Majorie Steele. Also set of fashion plates and catalogues saved from 'Chic Parisien' magazine.

Administrative / Biographical History

Nothing is known about Marjorie Steele. As the Victoria and Albert Museum notes: "many hundreds of now-anonymous dressmakers and designers ... existed in towns and cities across the country until the middle of the 20th century mass-market ready-to-wear clothing came to dominate fashion" (source: )

Atelier Bachwitz was a fashion publishing company founded by Arnold Bachwitz (1854-1930). The company published over 50 fashion magazines, of which 'Chic Parisien' was the most popular, influencing global trends. The company was based in Vienna. Their headquarters on Lőwengasse were designed by Anton and Josef Drexler in 1908 and are now the premises of the Palais des Beaux Arts. The magazine was printed by Josef Eberle. After Arnold's death his widow Rosine continued the business until it was seized by the Nazi Party. She and her daughter were both killed in Theresienstadt concentration camp.

Access Information

Open and available for access. Please contact the De Montfort University Archive to make an appointment.

Conditions Governing Use

Photography is permitted by private researchers. However the copyright originates with the original magazine.

Custodial History

The alternative reference for this collection was A14/005

Related Material

Fashion plates for the early 20th Century from 'Chic Parisien' publication can be found at GB 3071 F/002.

Additional Information

Catalogued by Janette Ratcliffe, June 2016.

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