YOUNG DESIGN SCENE
A fantastic fashion editorial, originally published in August of 1967, introducing upcoming design talent from New York's fashion and art students, and also featuring amazing use of infrared photography by Barry Kaplan. All of the designs were available exclusively from Abracadabra, Marcia Weinraub's recently opened boutique on East 60th Street. The stars and stripes outfit in the third photograph has been a particular favourite of mine for many years. I had previously seen it used as a 1960s design reference in a couple of fashion source books, however, there was never any credit given to the designer or photographer, so I couldn't believe my luck when I purchased this issue of LIFE a few months ago, it's great to be able to finally put a name to both. Apparently, in reality (without the use of infrared film) the outfit is actually a patriotic red, white and blue! Everyone included in this article had great potential, and having studied fashion and worked in the industry myself, I would like to think that they all went on to have successful careers.
I was intrigued enough to do some further research and know what became of them after it was was published, but of the seven designers featured, only one significantly active fashion lead emerged, that being Barbara Hodes, a graduate of the Parsons School of Design in New York, former girlfriend of Lou Reed and a regular face at The Factory and Max's Kansas City in the 1960s and 1970s, who also sold her work through Paraphernalia and several other boutiques in the city during this period. She has continued to work in the industry, currently designs a contemporary knitwear line for women under the Bibelot label which she founded in 1999, and runs NYC Private Shopping Tours. As for the others, perhaps they changed their surnames over time through marriage or for some other reason, which makes it difficult to track them down, or it's probable that they may have moved away from fashion entirely to concentrate on other areas within design. I think that Karen Sebiri (quite possibly the daughter of Celia Sebiri - prominent Coty Award winning jewellery designer) may have changed direction and also pursued a career in jewellery design instead, and that Paula Ayers moved to Sonoma to pursue a BA in Environmental Studies at Sonoma State, and eventually co-organized the First West Coast Eco-Feminist Conference. As of yet, I have no further information on the other designers, Terry Berman, Leilani Abreu, Susanne Les, and Stan Weaver or the photographer Barry Kaplan.