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Le Gip, Authentic by Design, investigates the creative work of fashion designer, drummer, and dancer Le Gip, active in New York City 1948-1985.  The Le Gip Archive preserves his original designs, personal clothing, and the ephemera of his creative practice as a window into the complex intersections of creativity, creative production, class, race and ethnicity in 20th century NYC.

Le Gip’s story refuses easy categorization and presents a new narrative of young BIPOC intellectuals and artists who came to NYC to study and perform, leaving their mark on the life of the city without entering the pantheon of famous New Yorkers. 

The Le Gip Archive invites the public to contribute to the reconstruction of Le Gip’s story.

We seek submissions of personal recollections, photographs, original garments, ephemera or other information that may lead to a greater understanding of Le Gip’s life, work and times.

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Le Gip hand embroidered his labels on 2" silk ribbon. Always green or gold, the ribbon labels would be hand stitched to the hem or neck facing of a garment. 

This label is one of two  identical labels found  in the "Sun Goddess Dress", exhibited at Cooper Union in 1960.

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DRUMMING

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DANCE

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TIMELINE

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