THE BRAND MARGARET JERROLD | BY MARGARET CLARK & JERROLD MILLER

1982 | Margaret Jerrold retrospective at
Lord & Taylor | Fifth Avenue at 39th Street, NY
Source: The Wandering Shoe by Jerry (Jerrold) Miller


Il nome della designer Margaret Clark troppo spesso viene confuso con Margaret Jerrold, marchio da lei creato col marito Jerry Miller. Lo ammise lo stesso Miller nel suo libro "The Wandering Shoe" (1984), preziosa fonte di informazione che ha permesso di recuperare qualche altra informazione su di lei. 

Nata a Tulsa in Oklahoma nel 1921, Margaret Clark aveva studiato design alla Parsons School di New York e per mantenersi gli studi disegnava altri designer, fra cui Sophie Gimbel, designer di Saks Fifth Avenue, che poi firmava i capi col proprio nome. Dopo la scuola iniziò a lavorare nel settore dell’abbigliamento e nel 1946 fu assunta dalla I.Miller perché apprezzata dal noto David Evins, a quell’epoca principale designer dell’azienda. 

Per vicissitudini personali (non era gradita la sua relazione con Jerry Miller, nipote del fondatore), lasciò l’azienda e dopo varie collaborazioni iniziò a disegnare a proprio nome verso il 1949/50 per aziende come Joyce, Bally, Red Cross e Capezio (per questi ultimi fu la principale designer fino agli anni Sessanta).


Margaret Clark's name is often confused with the name Margaret Jerrold, a brand that she created with her husband Jerry Miler. Miller himself explained why in his book "The Wandering Shoe" (1984) and gave us more information in the process. 

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921, Margaret Clark studied design at the Parsons School in New York and to finance her studies she used to sell sketches to studios or other designers, including Sophie Gimbel from Saks Fifth Avenue, who then signed the clothes with her name . After her studies she worked for the clothing industry and in 1946 she was hired by I.Miller, appreciated by the renowned David Evins, at that time the main designer of the company.

Her relationship with Jerry Miller, (I.Miller founder's grandson) was not welcomed within the company, so she had to leave I.Miller to work as a free agent and later for many shoe companies including Joyce, Bally's, Red Cross and Capezio. For Capezio she was the star designer up to the Sixties.



1954 | Margaret + Jerrold
Enter Margaret Jerrold Inc. (From Footwear News)
Source: The Wandering Shoe By Jerry Miller


Nel 1954 Margaret Clark e Jerrold (Jerry) Miller (che nel frattempo si erano sposati), unirono i loro nomi per creare il marchio Margaret Jerrold. Iniziarono a produrre scarpe eleganti, celebrate dalle più importanti riviste di moda, e caratterizzate da tacco medio e leggerezza in un periodo in cui dominavano le scene o scarpe ultrapiatte o tacchi alti.

In 1954, Margaret Clark and Jerrold (Jerry) Miller (meanwhile they got married), created the Margaret Jerrold brand (merging their first names) and began to produce elegant shoes, celebrated by the most important fashion magazines, distinguished by medium heel and lightness in a time dominated by ultra flat shoes or high heels. 





1955 | Margaret Jerrold Shoes
in a Van Raalte ad
Source: ebay

1960 | Design by Margaret Clark
Source: The Wandering Shoe by Jerry Miller


Margaret Miller riuscì a disegnare con sempre maggiore fatica fino alla seconda metà degli anni ’60 a causa di una malattia che la costrinse a uscire di scena. Il marchio Margaret Jerrold rimase, ma la creazione dei modelli non fu più sua. Morì nel 1994.

Margaret Clark was able to design until the second half of the '60s because of an illness that forced her to stop working for good. The Margaret Jerrold brand went on, but the design was no longer hers. She died in 1994.



1966 | Margaret Jerrold
From Harper's Bazaar April issue 
Source: Herringbone and Houndstooth

1967 | Margaret Jerrold
Dress by Bill Blass for Maurice Rentner
From Harper's Bazaar Christmas issue 


Source: "The Wandering Shoe" by Jerry (Jerrold) Miller, My Goodfriends | New York 1984




1954 | THE MONDRIAN SERIES
BY MARGARET CLARK (BIRTH OF MARGARET JERROLD INC.)


 

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