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Audrey Lavinia Smaltz

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Profession

Category:
StyleMakers
Occupation(s):
Fashion Show Stage Manager

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Divine Love Always Has Met And Always Will Meet Every Human Need.

Birthplace

Born:
6/2/1937
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
StyleMakers
Occupation(s):
Fashion Show Stage Manager

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Divine Love Always Has Met And Always Will Meet Every Human Need.

Birthplace

Born:
6/2/1937
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Fashion show manager Audrey Lavinia Smaltz was born on June 2, 1937 in New York City. Growing up in the Harlem River Houses with neighbors such as Dr. Alvin Poussaint, Bob Moses and David Scott, Smaltz attended P.S. 46 and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Girls Junior High School. Accepted into New York City’s High School of Music and the Performing Arts, she took her first professional modeling job from baseball’s New York Giants. After graduating high school in 1955, Smaltz worked as a model and fashion commentator. An art major at the City College of New York, Smaltz also worked for Metropolitan Life Insurance and the Rueben H. Donnelly Corporation.

In 1962, Smaltz worked as a model and salesperson at Bloomingdale’s and she became an assistant fashion coordinator for the store in 1964. Hired by Lane Bryant Clothing in 1965, she worked as a model and buyer and also as a fashion coordinator. Moving to Chicago in 1969, Smaltz joined the Ebony Fashion Fair in 1970 as a commentator and fashion editor. In 1977, Smaltz organized her Ground Crew team, a backstage management group which has staffed many fashion shows including those by Vera Wang, Giorgio Armani, Betsey Johnson, Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, Alice Roi, Michael Kors, Luca Luca, Nanette Lepore, Tommy Hilfiger, Kenneth Cole and Ralph Rucci. Smaltz has also worked with corporations like Nike, Vogue, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, and J. Crew.

A contributing editor to Vogue, Mirabella and Mode magazines, Smaltz appears frequently on QVC and the Oprah Winfrey Show. She is a board member of the Black Fashion Museum, Dress for Success, the Gracie Mansion Conservancy and Fashion Group International.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Audrey Lavinia Smaltz's interview, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz describes the history of her family name
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Slating of Audrey Lavinia Smaltz's interview, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz describes the beginnings of her business, The Ground Crew
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Slating of Audrey Lavinia Smaltz's interview, pt. 3
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz describes her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz describes meeting relatives during a visit to Hilton Head, South Carolina as an adult
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz describes her father's family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz describes her father's places of employment
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz talks about her father and being born in Harlem, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz talks about her parents' wedding and honeymoon
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz recalls her earliest childhood memories of living in the Harlem River Houses
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz recalls childhood gifts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz recalls the sounds, sights, and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz recalls her childhood in Harlem, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz talks about growing up with SNCC leader Robert Parris Moses and others in Harlem, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz talks about attending P.S. 46 Elementary School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz talks about attending the High School of Music and Art in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz recalls her school teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz describes the High School of Music & Arts, Devore's School of Charm and modeling
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz talks about being a "Say Hey" kid for baseball player Willie Mays, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz talks about becoming a fashion show commentator
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz talks about staying in New York City after graduating from high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz talks about her family's move to Harlem's Washington Heights
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz talks about attending City College of New York and working
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz recalls working as an advertising art director
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz talks about her brief career as a stock broker at Bache & Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz recalls being hired at Bloomingdale's
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz recalls being beauty pageant contestant
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz talks about being the second African American on Bloomingdale's training team
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz talks about becoming an assistant buyer at Bloomingdale's working with Doris Salinger
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz recalls employers underwriting her costs to attend the March on Washington and Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s funeral
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz recalls being discriminated against and arrested in Florida
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz talks about Ebony Fashion Fair
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz talks about working at Lane Bryant as a model, then buyer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz describes being introduced to Dr. Stanley Hughes by model Dorothea Towles and marrying him
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz talks about being hired by Johnson Publishing Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz talks about working for Ebony Fashion Fair
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz recalls how she commented for Ebony Fashion Fair shows
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz talks about leaving Ebony Fashion Fair and Johnson Publishing Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz describes her role at Johnson Publishing Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz talks about starting her own business after leaving Johnson Publishing Company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz talks about working as a Fashion Fair consultant and starting The Ground Crew
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz talks about the services The Ground Crew provides
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz talks about lack of diversity in the modeling industry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz declines to name her favorite models
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz describes her future plans for The Ground Crew
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz talks about her mother's sense of style
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz recalls being hired by the grandson of Steve Kaplan, the man who hired her at Lane Bryant forty years before
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz reflects upon how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Audrey Lavinia Smaltz narrates her photographs