In the world today, fashion is a well-accepted art by people of all class and background. Fashion designers have helped revolutionized our fashion, style, and trend. Lots of these are Jewish and here are some of the most famous: Diane Von Furstenberg-Ralph Lauren-Calvin Klein
Calvin Richard Klein was born on the 19th of November 1942, and he is an American fashion designer who started the company that would later go on to become fashion conglomerate Calvin Klein Inc. However, apart from his exploits in clothing, he also has a wide range of fragrances, watches, and jewelry.
Klein was born to a Hungarian Jewish family in the Bronx. He went to Isobel Rooney Middle School 8 as a child and went on to attend the High School of Art and Design. He also matriculated at, but never graduated from, New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology.
Klein was an apprentice at a cloak-and-suit manufacturer in 1962, and he spent another five years designing at various shops throughout New York City.
In 1968, he launched Calvin Klein Inc. with his childhood friend Barry K. Schwartz.
Klein was one few designers raised in the Jewish immigrant community in the Bronx. He was a protégé of Baron de Gunzburg, and he soon became a mainstay of elite New York fashion, even before he launched his first jeans line.
Diane Von Furstenberg
Diane was born as Diane Simone Michelle Halfin to Belgian Jewish parents, and she hails from Brussels, Belgium. She attended Madrid University, before transferring to study Economics at the University of Geneva. She then moved to Paris and worked as an assistant to Albert Koski, a fashion photographer. She left Paris and moved to Italy, where she worked for textile manufacturer Angelo Ferretti. It was here that she learned how to color, cut and fabric. She also designed and produced her first silk dresses there.
A year after she got married, Diane began to design clothes for women. However, upon her divorce from her husband in 1983, she decided to move to New York. She met Diana Vreeland, a high-profile editor for Vogue Magazine, who declared that her designs were “absolutely smashing”. Vreeland had her name listed on the Fashion Calendar for New York Fashion Week, and that was how her business was created.
Diane created the knitted jersey “wrap dress” in 1974, an example of which is in the collection of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The success of the wrap dress got Diane on the cover of Newsweek magazine.
She launched her fragrance line, with the first fragrance, ‘Tatiana’, being named after her daughter.
In 1985, Dianne moved to Paris and funded Salvy, a French-speaking publishing house. She also started a few other businesses, including a home-shopping business and a line of cosmetics. In 1992, she sold $1.2 million worth of her Silk Assets collection in just 2 hours on QVC.
Diane re-launched her company in 1997, and she re-introduced the wrap dress, gaining traction from a new generation of women. She published her business memoir, Diane: A Signature Life in 1998, and she introduced the DVF by H. Stern fine jewelry collection. She was elected as the President of the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2006, and she holds that position till this day. She also received a star on the Seventh Avenue Fashion Walk of Fame in 2008.
Ralph Lauren was born in The Bronx, New York City to Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants. He is the youngest of four siblings, with one sister and two brothers. Lauren attended day school, followed by MTA, before he eventually graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in 1957. He also went to Baruch College, at the City University of New York, where he studied business. He eventually dropped out after just two years.
Ralph served in the United States Army from 1962 to 1964, and he left to briefly work for Brooks Brothers as a sales assistant before becoming a salesman for a tie company. He started the Ralph Lauren Corporation in 1967 with men’s ties. When he was 28, he worked for Beau Brummell, a tie manufacturer, until he convinced the resident of the company to let him start his own personal line.
Drawing on his fascination with sports, Ralph named his first full line of menswear ‘Polo’ in 1968. He worked out of a drawer in a showroom in the Empire State Building, and he made deliveries to stores by himself. By 1969, his men’s line was being sold exclusively by Bloomingdale’s. This was the first time that the shop had given their in-store boutique to a designer.
In 1971, the Ralph Lauren Corporation launched a line of tailored shirts for women, in a move that got the Polo player emblem worldwide recognition for the first time. They launched the first full woman’s collection the following year. It was also that same year that they opened their first standalone store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California.
In 1972, the company introduced a signature cotton mesh Polo shirt in various colors. The shirt soon became an emblem of the preppy look- one of the signature styles of Ralph Lauren.
The first fragrances from Ralph Lauren were launched at Bloomingdale’s in March of 1978. Lauren, which was for women, was introduced on March 12, and Polo, the cologne for men, on March 26. This was the first time that a designer had simultaneously launched two fragrances for the separate sexes. The company broke into the European market and went international in 1981 with the opening of the first freestanding store for an American fashion brand on New Bond Street in the West End of London.
Ralph opened his first flagship in the Rhinelander mansion in 1986. The Polo Shirt line was introduced in 1992, followed by ten other lines and brands, including Lauren Ralph Lauren and Ralph Lauren Purple Label.
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