Timeline

History of Anne

Anne Klein

1923

Brooklyn

Anne Klein

Brooklyn

Anne Klein is born a Leo on August 3rd in Brooklyn, her given name is Hannah Golofsky.

1923

Building in Garment District NYC

1937

Garment District

Building in Garment District NYC

Garment District

Anne wins a scholarship to attend the famous 3737 A year later, she’s sketching School for Fashion professionally on Seventh Avenue.

1937

Varden Petites

1938

Petites Grows Up

Varden Petites

Anne works for Varden Petites

Anne goes to work for Varden Petites and elevates junior clothing from frilly “little girl” looks to a refined, grown up aesthetic.

1938

Maurice Rentner

1940

Learning from a Legend

Maurice Rentner

Learning from a Legend

Anne designs women’s fashions for legend Maurice Rentner just as ready-to-wear becomes vogue.

1940

Spadea's Young America Pattern Anne Klein of Junior Sophisticates

1940

Head Designer

Spadea's Young America Pattern Anne Klein of Junior Sophisticates

Head Designer

With her husband, Ben Klein, Anne develops the first modern, sophisticated fashion line for young women.

1940

Models in Anne Klein's Separates

1950

Separates

Models in Anne Klein's Separates

Separates

Her new mix-and-match blazers, skirts, and dresses start a major trend and make Anne Klein synonymous with interchangeability and versatility.

1950

Anne Klein

1954

National Recognition

Anne Klein

National Recognition

Anne wins the Mademoiselle Merit Award, the first of many design honors to come.

1954

Anne Klein Coty Award

1954

First Coty Award

Anne Klein Coty Award

First Coty Award

Anne receives the prestigious Coty American Fashion Critics Award, confirming her place as the new star of American fashion.

1954

Anne Klein wins Neiman-Marcus Fashion Leadership Award

1959

International Recognition

Anne Klein wins Neiman-Marcus Fashion Leadership Award

International Recognition

The Neiman-Marcus Award recognizes fashion design leadership worldwide Anne receives her first in 1959.

1959

Anne Klein and her Team American Creativity Award

1961

Creative Royalty

Anne Klein and her Team American Creativity Award

American Creativity Award

Anne is one of a select group to receive an American Creativity Award from one of the leading retailers of the period.

1961

Anne Klein Junior High Priestess

1963

Making Her Way

Anne Klein Junior High Priestess

Making Her Way

With the establishment of her own freelance design studio, Anne begins to fundamentally change how women dress, and becomes a major influence on modern American style.

1963

Anne Klein on the ladder

1964

Independent Thinker

Anne Klein on the ladder

Independent Thinker

First given to Albert Einstein, the famous Lord & Taylor Award honoring independent thinking is presented to Anne Klein.

1964

Newspaper clip about Anne Klein

1968

Anne Becomes a Brand

Newspaper clip about Anne Klein

Anne Becomes a Brand

Anne forms Anne Klein and Company with the mission to create elegant sportswear for the modern American woman and changes how women think about and buy clothing. For her new label, Anne sketches a logo based on her astrological sign. The design goes on to become one of the most iconic and recognizable trademarks in the world.

1968

Anne Klein in the Department store

1969

First to be Second

Anne Klein in the Department store

First to be Second

Anne becomes the first designer to repeat as a Neiman Marcus Fashion Leadership Award winner.

1969

Anne Klein for Saks Fifth Ave

1970

First designer Shop

Anne Klein for Saks Fifth Ave

First designer Shop

Saks Fifth Avenue launches the free-standing Anne Klein Corner, a prototype for designer fashion retailing common today.

1970

Anne Klein Newspaper Clip

1971

Hall of Fame

Anne Klein Newspaper Clip

Hall of Fame

The Coty Awards name the eighth designer in 28 years to the Coty Hall of Fame: Anne Klein.

1971

1973

Battle Of Versailles

Battle Of Versailles

Top American designers, including Anne, upstage their French contemporaries at the legendary Versailles fashion show to shift the balance of fashion influence to New York.

1973

Anne Kelin Poster

1974

The Legagcy lives On

Anne Kelin Poster

The Legagcy lives On

Following Anne’s death, design assistants Donna Karan and Louis Dell’Ollio interpret Anne’s vision, the first of many prominent designers to perpetuate the iconic style.

1974

Anne Klein Logo on the wall with models walking

1976

Liferstyle Brand

Anne Klein Logo on the wall with models walking

Liferstyle Brand

New extensions begin the development of a full lifestyle brand.

1976

Business Professional Women in Anne Klein

1993-2003

Dressed to Lead

Business Professional Women in Anne Klein

Dressed to Lead

Anne Klein dresses women to succeed with suits, separates and accessories that work from day into night - sophisticated designs that are as effortless as they are empowering.

1993-2003

Anne Klein's Plaque on Seventh Avenue

2001

Relevant forever

Anne Klein's Plaque on Seventh Avenue

Relevant forever

Anne Klein is immortalized by the Fashion Walk of Fame with a plaque on Seventh Avenue where she began a revolution in American fashion.

2001

Models Anne Klein

1993-2018

Continued Creative Leadership

Models Anne Klein

Continued Creative Leadership

Anne Klein maintains its legacy under various leading designers including Richard Tyler, Patrick Robinson, Kaufman & Franco, Charles Nolan Isabel Toledo and Sharon Lombardo.

1993-2018

Anne Klein 50 Years

2018

50  Years

Anne Klein 50 Years

50 Years

The brand celebrates 50 years  in business, while entering a licensing partnership with  Steven Madden for footwear and handbags.

2018

Jesse Rubinstein

2020

Uniting with Anne's Granddaughter

Jesse Rubinstein

Uniting with Anne's Granddaughter

On April 20, 2020, Jesse Rubinstein, Anne Klein’s Granddaughter united with the Iconic fashion brand to launch its COVID-19 Relief efforts.

2020

AK at NYFW

Jesse Rubinstein presents Anne Klein at NYFW 2020

2020

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