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date: 14 October 2019

Klein, Annelocked

(03 August 1923–19 March 1974)
  • Fred Carstensen

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Klein, Anne (03 August 1923–19 March 1974), fashion designer, was born Hannah Golofski in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Morris Golofski and Esther (maiden name unknown). (Like many Jewish Americans of her generation, Klein adopted a less Jewish-sounding variant of her name, “Anne,” early in her professional career.) Hannah Golofski went to the Girls’ Commercial High School in Brooklyn, where she discovered her natural gift for design. By the age of fifteen she had already obtained work as a freelancer preparing sketches for a wholesale fashion house. Upon graduation from high school, she declined a scholarship to the Traphagen School of Fashion Design in order to work full time in the garment industry. After only a year out of school she accepted a position at Varden Petites, where she redesigned the firm’s entire line, replacing its dresses for short, plump figures with a line of junior dresses based on a lean silhouette. In so doing, she virtually invented a whole new set of sizes in women’s ready-to-wear clothing, a category of sophisticated clothes for young women later known as Junior Miss....

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