Norman Norell was born Norman David Levinson on April 20, 1900 in Noblesville, Indiana.He studied fashion illustration at Parsons and fashion design at Pratt.
In 1922 he started working for Paramount Studio's New York location where he designed clothing for silent movie stars such as Gloria Swanson.
After leaving Paramount he worked on Broadway as a costume designer and for Charles Armour, a wholesale dress manufacturer.
Norell worked for Hattie Carnegie from 1928-1941.
From the early forties through the early seventies Norell taught at Parsons.
Anthony Traina and Norell formed their design company Traina-Norell in the early 1940's.
In 1960, after Traina retired, Norell opened his own company designing for his label Norell.
Norell is best known for his sequin covered sheath dresses.
Norman Norell died in October 1972.
*The 1968 black silk crepe dress covered in black glass bugle beads pictured above can be purchased for $2,300 over at Vintage Textile
1960's blue wool dress.
Measurements are 34" Chest, 26" Waist and 34-36" Hips
The Starting bid is $149.99 and there are 4 days left on it's sale over at kp4801 on eBay.
1960's black wool crepe dress.
This dress features a satin waistband and bow.
Measurements are 36" Chest and 26" Waist
You can purchase this dress for $1,600- over at Enokiworld.com
1960's bubblegum pink wool coat.
Measurements are 40" Chest, 38" Waist and 44" Hips
You can purchase this coat for $1,450 over at Vintage Textile
This post was originally published on April 16, 2007.