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Rosenstein, Nettielocked

(26 September 1893–15 March 1980)
  • Fred Carstensen

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Rosenstein, Nettie (26 September 1893–15 March 1980), fashion designer, was born in Vienna, Austria, the daughter of Joseph Rosencrans, a dry-goods merchant, and Sarah Hoffman. The family emigrated to the United States in 1899 and established a dry-goods shop in New York City at Lenox Avenue and 117th Street. Playing in the shop, Nettie began to sew her own doll clothes and fell in love with fabric while still very young. By the time she was eleven she was ambitiously making garments for people. To use her mother’s sewing machine, however, she had to stand, being unable as yet to reach the foot pedal while sitting down....

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