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Before ordering garments from Anna and Laura Tirocchi's shop, clients would peruse manufacturers' catalogues of fashions to select the styles they desired. In the early years, workers in the shop would stitch up the garment, and Anna would drape trims on it to the order of the client. After 1924, ready–to–wear manufacturers sent out catalogues, clients chose their dresses, and the sisters ordered them to be made up in New York. Some of the many fashion publications found in the shop are shown here. In the center of the display is a catalogue that contains drawings made in the Tirocchi shop. The purpose of these drawings is uncertain. They may have been used to show clients' desires for variations on the designs that could be ordered, making each dress exclusive to a client.

Illustrations from the Harry Angelo Company's Illustrations for the Model Gowns
Tirocchi Archive


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