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A collection of Ron Heilman (aka Ronald Mann) fashion and event designs including photographs, sketches, and magazine and newspaper clippings.

Ron Heilman (1950-2009) grew up near Wichita, Kansas. During his formative years he developed an interest in art and design. During a trip to New York City, the Fifth Avenue retailing, 7th Avenue couture, and Broadway inspired him to pursue designing as a vocation. Ron graduated from Pittsburg State University in 1972 with a BA in Theater, and later received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Costume Design from Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania. Ron Heilman, professionally known as Ronald Mann, began his career in designing costumes for movies and TV shows including Independence Day (1983), Staying Alive (1983), The Dollmaker (1984), and Call to Glory (1984-85). Mann then branched away to start his own fashion studio, Ronald Mann Couture. His designs were worn by Bianca Jagger, Sharon Gless, and Barbara Bosson who wore it to the 1987 Emmy Awards. In 1990, Ronald Mann joined Victoria Royal Ltd in New York. He then became an Event and Floral Designer for weddings and corporate events. He worked out of Los Angeles before moving back to Wichita to be close to family. Ronald Mann passed away June 1, 2009.

Publication Date



Fine Arts, Performing Arts


Arts and Humanities

Size of Collection

1 linear foot

Dates of Collection

circa 1980-2000

Manuscript Number

SpC MS 0249

Heilman, Ron, Collection, circa 1980-2000



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