Notes on Courses in Color, Style and Grooming Given by Suzanne Caygill [with] Suzanne Says, Vols. 1-2.
[San Francisco?] / Los Angeles: Suzanne Caygill, 1948; 1951-52. Small three-ring binder, 25 x 18.5 cm, containing approx. 75pp. of holograph and typescript notes, plus duplicated handouts, clippings, color swatches, etc. Binder rings skewed, making the pages difficult to turn. Two issues of "Suzanne Says", 30 x 23 cm, pp and pp. Rubbing and minor wear to first issue; tear to fore-edge of front cover and most leaves of second issue. Very Good overall..
Scarce early material on Suzanne Caygill (1911–1994), "an American fashion designer and color theorist who developed the Caygill Method of Color Analysis. A milliner, poet, dress designer and night club singer, as a young adult, Caygill turned her attention to color in 1945 and devoted the rest of her life to creating individual style guides and color palettes for clients and teaching design seminars." (Wiki)
The binder notes include countless maxims for women about dress, hair styles, accessorizing, etc., as well as a color wheel and a section entitled "Take Time Out for Yourself," which provides numerous self-help tips and suggestions, as well as the following doozy: "If you are not now married, admit that you want to get married, that it is right and a natural part of the true motivation of any woman's life." Nevertheless, the tips and suggestions are for women who work both in and outside of the home, and include advise about finding a job that provides satisfaction. Presumably these notes are not complete, however: a TLs laid in at the back, dated March 4, 1947, reads, "Since you weren't at Suzanne's lecture, I thought you might like to have a copy of my notes.... Of course I didn't attempt to take it all down, just the things that interested me, but I thought there were a lot of good thoughts in it for all of us."
We note only one holding of any Suzanne Caygill material: her papers at Cornell University.