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Oral History Interview with Mignon Faget, 2010 June 14

Higher Level Record: MSS 629.20
Call Number: MSS 629.20.3
Title: Oral History Interview with Mignon Faget, 2010 June 14
Creator: Faget, Mignon, b. 1933 (interviewee)
Cave, Mark, b. 1964 (interviewer)
The Historic New Orleans Collection (collector)
Date of Creation: 2010 June 14
Extent: Sound recording: 1 WAV file (62:51 min.) : digital
Transcript: 46 pp. : digital
Object Name: oral histories (document genres)
WAVE (format)
digital audio
Collection Type: Oral Histories
Process/Technique: recording
Language: English
Biography/History: Mignon Faget (b. ca. 1933) is a jewelry designer based in New Orleans.
Mark Cave is the curator of manuscripts and oral historian for The Historic New Orleans Collection.
The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) is a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to preserving the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South. The institution was founded in 1966 by General L. Kemper Williams and Leila Moore Williams -- collectors of Louisiana materials who wished to share their holdings with the public.
Scope and Content: Mignon Faget spoke to Mark Cave on June 14, 2010 for the third of five interviews for the New Orleans Life Story Project. She explains how her clothing design business led to jewelry-making. She discusses marketing her clothing and jewelry to stores and individual buyers in New Orleans, and describes a photo shoot by Jean Seidenberg for New Orleans Magazine involving models posing with bikers. She talks about her friendships with other New Orleans artists, including Franklin Adams (who designed the Mignon Faget logo) and Jim Whitmore. She describes advertisements for her company that she had placed in Figaro, consisting of cartoons drawn by Franklin Adams. She talks about a television commercial, made for Larry Merrigan and the Bank of New Orleans, which made use of her story in order to attract other potential small business owners to the bank. She describes a street fair she organized on Dublin Street, and her involvement with Jazz Fest, including her design for their first t-shirt and her tent where she sold clothing, hats and jewelry. She talks about the decision to close down her original Dublin Street building, and to buy the old Hibernia Bank building on Magazine Street. She discusses hiring architect David Waggoner to design a kiosk inside Godchaux's Lakeside and another store inside Canal Place. She describes her long-time business manager, Charlotte Norman, and talks about designing the official plate and other items for the 1984 World's Fair. She talks about rebounding creatively after Hurricane Katrina, designing the "Rebirth" pin (with portions of the proceeds going to the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation) and opening a Magazine Street storefront.
Notes: Mignon Faget oral history, 2010 June 14, for the New Orleans Life Story Project, MSS 629, Williams Research Center, The Historic New Orleans Collection.
Restrictions: Open. Records are available for consultation.
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Collection Theme(s): Jewelry
Fine and Decorative Arts
Subjects: Faget, Mignon, b. 1933 -- More information
Mignon Faget -- More information
Seidenberg, Jean, b. 1930 -- More information
Adams, Franklin, 1934-2008 -- More information
Whitmore, Jim -- More information
Carrollton (New Orleans, La.)
Jewelry -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Stores, Retail -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Accession Number: 2011.0411.2.3
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Transcript: Transcript
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