- Cashin, Bonnie; Le Maire, Charles
- Call number
- *T-Vim 1966-003
- Physical description
- 13 boxes (ca. 211 drawings), col, 82 x 63 cm. or smaller; 13 boxes (ca. 211 drawings), col, 82 x 63 cm. or smaller; 20 photographs, b&w, 33 x 25 cm. or smaller; 20 photographs, b&w, 33 x 25 cm. or smaller
- Preferred Citation
- Bonnie Cashin designs, Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library
- Billy Rose Theatre Division
- Access to materials
- Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Bonnie Cashin was born on Sept. 28, 1908 (published dates vary) in Fresno, California. While still a teenager, she received her first professional assignment for the producers of the Fanchon and Marco dance troupe. Moving with the troupe to New York, circa 1934, Cashin began designing for stage shows at the Roxy Theatre. Around 1937, she became head designer for Adler & Adler, a New York City coat and suit manufacturer. Cashin went back to California in 1943, where she worked until 1949 on some 60 Twentieth Century-Fox motion pictures. Cashin returned to fashion design around 1950, becoming one of America's most influential designers and winning numerous awards. She died while undergoing open heart surgery at New York University Hospital, New York City, on Feb. 3, 2000. Approximately 211 color costume designs, mostly for motion pictures, circa 1944 - circa 1949, including Anna and the king of Siam, 1946; Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe, 1945; Home in Indiana, 1944; Junior miss, 1945; Laura, 1944; A tree grows in Brooklyn, 1945; and Where do we go from here?, 1945. There are also some designs and photographs for the Roxy Theatre stage shows, circa 1930s, as well as 2 designs (unused) for Lincoln Center usherette uniforms, ca. 1960.
Using the collection
LocationBilly Rose Theatre Division
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023-7498