Radio Chipstone: Florence Eiseman & Creating the 'Look' of the Modern Child

Jun 17, 2017

Earlier this week, we learned about The Roddis Collection, one of four exhibitions at the Museum of Wisconsin Art dedicated to Wisconsin fashion. Three of those four shows focus on adult fashion, but the fourth exhibition looks at the legacy of an influential Milwaukee designer of high-end children’s clothing, Florence Eiseman.

Credit Museum of Wisconsin Art

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Eiseman started her iconic company in 1945. By 1955 she had won a prestigious Neiman Marcus Fashion Award for her designs that are credited for creating the "look" of the modern child. The company is still very much in business.

In this edition of Radio Chipstone. Sarah Carter, Curator and Director of Research for the Chipstone Foundation, tells contributor Gianofer Gields about creating the retrospective exhibit, Florence Eiseman: Designing Childhood for the American Century:

Material culture contributor Gianofer Fields curates the Radio Chipstone series. The project is funded by the Chipstone Foundation, a decorative arts foundation whose mission is preserving and interpreting their collection, as well as stimulating research and education in the decorative arts.