The coats are a gift to the Museum at FIT from Calvin Klein’s lifelong business partner, Barry Schwartz. In addition to the donation of the coats, Barry and his wife Sheryl have also established the Barry and Sheryl Schwartz scholarship at FIT.
The three coats are some of the first designs ever created. The inspiration behind the design for the display comes from the façade of the York Hotel, where Calvin Klein started the brand in room 613. After months of hard work, the brand took off after Donald O’Brien, vice president of Bonwit Teller, saw a coat and a dress hanging on the open door of the room when he got off by mistake on the wrong floor of the hotel.
Group project with Johanna Vargas and Laura Pannone.