Neiman Marcus Fashion Award

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The Neiman Marcus Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion was a yearly award created in 1938 by Carrie Marcus Neiman and Stanley Marcus. Unlike the Coty Award, it was not limited to American-based fashion designers.[1] Recipients of the Neiman Marcus Awards include couturiers, non-American-based designers, journalists, manufacturers, and celebrities and style icons who had had a significant personal influence upon fashion such as Grace Kelly and Grace Mirabella.[1][2] The award was typically presented to multiple recipients each year, rather than to a single individual, although Adrian was the sole winner in 1943, a feat repeated in 1957 by Coco Chanel.[1] From 1969 the awards became increasingly intermittent, with ceremonies held in 1973, 1979, 1980, 1984 and 1995, the last year in which the awards were presented. For the final ceremony, the founder, Stanley Marcus, received one of his own awards.

Award winners[edit]

This is a complete list of recipients of the Neiman Marcus Fashion Award from 1938 onwards.[3]


  • 1938
Germaine Monteil
Nettie Rosenstein
Dorothy Liebes
Louise B. Gallagher
Dan Palter
George Miller
Richard Koret
  • 1939
Clare Potter
Hattie Carnegie
Elizabeth Arden
John Cavanagh
Janet May
  • 1940
Lilly Daché
Elsa Schiaparelli
Sylvan Stroock
Edna Chase
  • 1941
Eleanor LeMaire
Carmel Snow
Anthony Blotta
Omar Kiam
Madame Tobe
Max Meyer
  • 1942
Norman Norell
Betsy Blackwell
  • 1943
  • 1944
Brooke Cadwallader
Jo Copeland
Ben King
Countess Mara
  • 1945
Tina Leser
Vera Marghab
Maurice Rentner
Dr. Francis Taylor
Thea Tewi
Louis A Weinberg
Emily Wilkens
  • 1946
Adele Simpson
Slim Keith (as Mrs. Leland Hayward)
William H. and Faie Joyce of Joyce Shoes
William Phelps
John M. Gates, design director for Steuben Glass Works
  • 1947
Christian Dior
Salvatore Ferragamo
Norman Hartnell
Irene Gibbons
  • 1948
Claire McCardell
Antonio Castillo
Mme. Henri Bonnet (wife of Henri Bonnet, French Ambassador to the United States 1944-54)
Julius Ochs Adler
  • 1949
Jacques Fath
Alice Cadolle
David Evins
Gladys Geissman (Merry Hull)


  • 1950
Bonnie Cashin
Pauline Trigère
Gloria Swanson
Fleur Meyer
  • 1951
Michelle Murphy
Ernestine Cannon
Jane Derby
Ben Zuckerman
Jacques Lesur
  • 1952
Anne Fogarty
Roger Fare
Vincent Monte Sano
Dolores del Río
  • 1953
Charles James
Marchesa Olga di Gresy
Ben Sommers
Gilbert & Helen Orcel
  • 1954
James Galanos
Emilio Pucci
Herbert & Beth Levine
  • 1955
Pierre Balmain
Vera Maxwell
Florence Eiseman
Sally Kirkland
Henry Dreyfuss
Princess Grace of Monaco
  • 1956
Giuliana Camerino
Cecil Beaton
Marie-Louise Bousquet
  • 1957
Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel
  • 1958
Yves Saint Laurent
Jens Harald Quistgaard
Helen Lee
  • 1959
Arnold Scaasi
Rosalind Russell
Piero Fornasetti


  • 1960
Sylvia Pedlar
Roger Jean-Pierre
Dinah Shore
Edward Burke Smith
Claude Staron
  • 1961
Roger Vivier
Greer Garson
Harry Rolnick
Ferdinando Sarmi
Sydney Wragge
  • 1962
Estée Lauder
Jules-François Crahay
James Laver
Sports Illustrated
  • 1963
Georges Braque
Bud Kilpatrick
Margaret Clarke Miller
Maurice Tumarkin
  • 1964-1965

The awards for 1964 and 1965 were combined into one award for the two years[1]

Geoffrey Beene
Tzaims Luksus
Mr & Mrs. Arthur Edelman
  • 1966
Mila Schön
Mary Brosnan
Mme Helen Lazareff
Lucie Ann Onderwyzer
Jacques Tiffeau
  • 1967
Fiamma Ferragamo
The Artisans of Florence
Giancarlo Venturini
Lydia de Roma
  • 1968
Oscar de la Renta
Kenneth Jay Lane
Armi Ratia
Roland Jourdan
  • 1969
Bill Blass Limited
Emanuel Ungaro
Gloria Vanderbilt
Anne Klein
Bernard Kayman


  • 1973
Hanae Mori
Jean Muir
Ralph Lauren
Levi Strauss & Co
  • 1979
Giorgio Armani
Richard Avedon
Perry Ellis
Mary McFadden
  • 1980
Judith Leiber
Karl Lagerfeld
  • 1984
Issey Miyake
Jack Lenor Larsen
  • 1995
Stanley Marcus
Miuccia Prada
Jean-Paul Goude
Grace Mirabella


  1. ^ a b c d McDowell, Colin (1984). McDowell's Directory of Twentieth Century Fashion. Frederick Muller. pp. 302–303. ISBN 0-584-11070-7. 
  2. ^ Company history on Neiman Marcus' official website, accessed March 22, 2009
  3. ^ Staff writer (25 October 2002). "The Neiman's Seal of Approval.". Women's Wear Daily (via Highbeam (subscription required)). Retrieved 2 March 2015.