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Frankie Welch, born Mary Frances Barnett (1923- ), was a fashion designer and a former Distinguished Visiting Professor of Merchandising and Design in the School of Consumer Science at Winthrop College from 1982 through 1985. She became well-known for designing scarves for many prominent political figures from 1960s to 1990s, a dress design known as “The Frankie,” and a dress worn by First Lady Betty Ford in her official portrait. Subjects of the interview include Welch’s background, interest in designing, consulting business, relationships with family, friends, and Winthrop College and her views on the ERA.
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ERA, Consultation Business
Welch, Frankie, "Interview with Frankie Welch" (1984). Winthrop University Oral History Program. OH 183.
LC Subject Headings
Furman University -- Alumni and alumnae, Winthrop College -- Faculty, College teachers -- South Carolina -- Rock Hill, Fashion designers, Ford, Betty, 1918-2011 -- Clothing, Presidents' spouses -- Clothing, Presidents -- Clothing, Flower arrangement -- Study and teaching, Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959, Business Enterprises, Business consultants