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National Association of Fashion and Accessory Designers (NAFAD) Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 4 May 2021

Biographical History

The National Association of Fashion and Accessory Designers (NAFAD) was a trade group founded in 1949 in New York City for Black fashion professionals, who had been largely blocked from entree into the fashion industry. It was founded by Mary McCleod Bethune-Cookman and Jeanetta Welch Brown, both of whom had been actively involved in championing professional opportunities for Black women. NAFAD's work created bridges between Black fashion industry professionals and mainstream "gatekeepers" such as Vogue magazine, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, and the world of Seventh Avenue designers and couturiers.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The National Association of Fashion and Accessory Designers (NAFAD) Collection contains mimeographed, handwritten, and typed reports and sketches pertaining to meetings of the San Francisco chapter of NAFAD, most relating to plans for the group's "Fall Fashions West Convention" in 1965. Topics include the format of the fashion show, stage planning, color schemes to be adopted, names of participants, and more.

Arrangement of the Collection

No particular order.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings

Corporate Bodies

National Association of Fashion and Accessory Designers (U.S.)


African American fashion designers.
Clothing trade -- Societies, etc.
Fashion design -- United States.
Fashion shows.
Feminine beauty (Aesthetics) -- United States.
Popular culture -- United States.
Women, Black.


San Francisco (Calif.)

Genres and Forms

Minutes (administrative records)
Notes (documents)
Outlines (documents)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

National Association of Fashion and Accessory Designers (NAFAD) Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 2021.

Table of Contents

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