The state historic marker “Norman Norell” is inaugurated in Noblesville
Saturday, April 17, 2021, 4:00 a.m.
Photo provided A historical marker will be dedicated to Norman Norell (nee Norman David Levinson), a well-known fashion designer, on Tuesday afternoon at 4:15 p.m. The event will be broadcast live on Facebook.
On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, Hamilton County historian David Heighway and representatives from the City of Noblesville, the Hamilton County Historical Society and the Indiana Historical Bureau will unveil a new Indiana state historical marker in memory of Norman Norell. Norell (née Norman Levinson) is from Hamilton County and one of the country’s leading fashion designers in the post-war era. The inauguration of the new historic marker will take place at 4:15 pm along 8th St. between Cherry St. and Maple Ave. in Noblesville, Indiana. Due to COVID-19, this program is not open to the public, but will be streamed live on the Hamilton County Historical Society’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/hamiltoncountyhistory for anyone interested. A larger public program will be held later this year to commemorate Norell and the historic marker. Follow @in Bureau for details on this summer’s program.
The text follows for the state mark entitled “Norman Norell, 1900-1972 / Dean of American Fashion”:
Fashion designer Norman (Levinson) Norell was born nearby. The Levinsons settled in Noblesville in 1857 and opened a men’s clothing store. They moved to Indianapolis in 1907, where theatrical productions inspired Norell to study art and fashion illustration in New York. He designed for the stage and screen and entered the women’s wholesale business in 1924. Norell founded the fashion houses Traina-Norell (1941) and Norell (1960). He introduced new designs, including the shirt dress, during World War II and became a leading American fashion company. He applied couture techniques to wholesale clothing. His designs were worn by icons Jackie Kennedy, Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe. He is buried in Crownland Cemetery.
The new state historical marker is the eighth to be installed in Hamilton County and the first in the state to examine Hoosier’s contributions to the fashion industry. For a full list of markers by county, see the Indiana Historical Bureau website: https://www.in.gov/history/state-historical-markers/find-a-marker/.
State historical markers commemorate significant people, organizations, places, and events in Indiana history. The Indiana Historical Bureau, a division of the Indiana State Library, has marked the history of Indiana for over 100 years. Since 1946, the marking format has been the large road marking, which has the familiar dark blue background with gold lettering and the outline of the state of Indiana at the top. Almost 700 of these markers have been installed over the years.
For more information about the Indiana Historical Marker Program and other Indiana resources, visit the Indiana Historical Bureau website at http://www.IN.gov/history or call (317) 232-2535. For more information about the dedication ceremony to commemorate Norman Norell, please contact Hamilton County historian David Heighway at [email protected]
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