Florence Eiseman: Designing Childhood for the American Century
June 11–October 8, 2017
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Florence Eiseman (1899–1988) was one of Milwaukee’s most notable and creative visionaries. In 1945, she launched what would become the leading high-end children’s clothing line in the United States and was instrumental in fashioning the standard look for the Post-War American child. Her eponymous brand attracted the likes of Princess Grace of Monaco, Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds, the Kennedys, and the Rockefellers. The legacy continues into the twenty-first century, with notable names such as Suri Cruise, Beyonce’s daughter, Blue Ivy, and others wearing the fashionable brand. The exhibition will offer a cultural history of the Eiseman look from 1945 to the present through more than 100 historic garments, photographs, and objects.