California-based designer Irene Saltern designed for fashion house Tabak of California, c. 1965. Courtesy of the archives at the University of California, Irvine 

California-based designer Irene Saltern designed for fashion house Tabak of California, c. 1965. Courtesy of the archives at the University of California, Irvine 


Chic Streets: Urban Development, Shopping and the American Fashion Industry

My current book project is Chic Streets: Urban Development, Shopping, and The American Fashion Industry, which focuses on New York’s Fifth Avenue, Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road, and Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive as centers for the production, retailing, and consumption of high-end clothing. I consider these elite locales in actuality and influence: how did retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Burdine’s, and Giorgio Beverly Hills shape what was sold in department stores around the country? I use both archival documents and material culture, including: Chamber of Commerce papers; business records of manufacturers and department stores; oral histories; and the garments themselves—printed rayon culottes, silk beach pajamas, and wool jersey swimsuits.