He studied in Paris and at the Art Student"s League.
He designed costumes for some 35 movies, including costumes for Ginger Rogers, Katharine Hepburn, Lucille Ball and Helen Broderick. He was posthumously included in the Costume Designers Guild Hall of Fame in 2004. He started working at Bergdorf Goodman, a luxury goods department store in Manhattan, as a window dresser.
He later became the head designer for Bergdorf Goodman, and his clothes were worn by film stars like Kay Francis.
Bernard Newman started working as costume designer in the film industry from 1933 on, working mainly for Radio-Keith-Orpheum Pictures for the next three years. Newman is best remembered for the costumes he designed for Ginger Rogers in movies like Top Hat and Swing Time.
He made a blue dress with ostrich feathers, to Rogers"s specification, which she wore in the Cheek to Cheek sequence and which gave her the nickname of Feathers. 15 of his costumes for the 1935 movie Roberta were reproduced and merchandised by the Modern Merchandising Bureau.
Other films he worked on include Sylvia Scarlett with Katharine Hepburn and You Can"t Take lieutenant with You.