In 1969, she opened a boutique called Betsey Bunky Nini on New York's Upper East Side. In the 1970s, Johnson took control of the fashion label "Alley Cat" which was popular for rock 'n roll musicians of the day. In her first year, her debut collection for Alley Cat reportedly sold $5 million in volume. In 1972 she won the Coty Award. In 1978, Johnson started her own fashion line.
Her mother, Bertha, was the youngest of 18 children, and was a part-time seamstress, who had put aside hear dreams of becoming an actress to support her widowed father and later marry Alfred. Leni also had a brother, Heinz, who was three and a half years younger- and who would later die in Hitler’s war at the age of 38 on the Russian Front. The family bought a house an hour outside of Berlin which they would travel to on weekends, and this is how Leni developed a lifelong love of nature. As a child she enjoyed reading, painting, and dancing. Early on she decided to become a dancer and did intense training.
After being the senior fashion editor at Vogue for over 15 years she began working with Ralph Lauren. Vera Wang made this drastic move after not receiving the promotion she had hoped for to editor in chief to the publication, the position was given to Anna Wintour. At Ralph Lauren Wang was the design director of Women’s Accessories. Then Vera got proposed to, and this changed her career path completely. According to (Ferguson, 2012) the name Vera Wang is synonymous with weddings and bridal wear.
Born Gabriel Bonheur Chanel or better known as “Coco”, she has been a French influence in Fashion for years. Being born into a poor life, caught in love affairs, and two men who would unknowingly help create a legend; these things are what helped Chanel grow, shape many of her famous designs, and climb to the peak of her fashion career. August 19th of 1883, in Saumur, France, Chanel was born to Albert Chanel, a peddler, and Jeanne Devolle, a laundry woman in a factory for the indigent (bio). Although Chanel rathered to illusion others about her life, Devolle died of tuberculosis when Chanel was 12. But Chanel preferred to say that her mother died when she was 6, Along with other fabricated stories (Atkinson 26).
c) In her early 20’s, Chanel became involved with Etienne Balsan, the man who would help her finance her dream to become a milliner (a person who makes or sells women’s hats). “My fortune is built on that old jersey that I’d put on because it was cold in Deauville.” 2. Beginning of an era a) 1910- Chanel opened her first shop in Paris’s Rue Cambon selling hates. b) A few years later she opened stores in Deauville and Biarritz and began making clothes. 3.
In the stories “A Pair of Silk Stockings” by Kate Chopin and “A Wagner Matinee” by Willa Cather, the main characters go through life experiences that completely change the way they perceive themselves and the world around them. The main character in “A Pair of Silk Stockings” is a lady named Mrs. Sommers who became the unexpected possessor of fifteen dollars. Originally she had no intention of spending the money on herself until she was lured into buying the luxurious silk stockings. Mrs. Sommers indulged herself the rest of the day which really boosted her self confidence. The main character in “A Wagner Matinee” is a lady called Aunt Georgiana who used to be a young, music teacher.
Mary Pickford: America’s Sweetheart By: Kristen Knipfing May 14th, 1929 Gladys Marie Smith was born on April 8, 1892, in Toronto. On February 11, 1898 John Smith died of a cerebral hemorrhage after being injured in an accident on the job, to make some extra money Gladys and her sister Charlotte, Lottie for short, begin to do shows. “Tired of life on the road, Pickford, still known as Gladys Smith, auditions for David Belasco on Broadway. The producer changes her name to Mary Pickford and gives her a salary of $25 a week,” (PBS.org). “At the suggestion of theatrical producer David Belasco, Gladys Smith becomes ‘Mary Pickford.’ The new moniker is inspired by her middle name, Marie, and her maternal grandfather’s name, John Pickford Hennessey,” (marypickford.org).
The house was later marked as a historic landmark in 1971 by the state of New Hampshire. Cummings was married two times, both short and unsuccessful. His first union, in 1924, started as a love affair with one of Cummings friend’s wife, Elaine Orr. Cumming and Elaine had a daughter Nancy, 6 years prior to their marriage. Elaine left Cummings nine short months after the two wed and ran away with her daughter to Ireland, where she later married a rich Irish Broker.
SWOTT Analysis Donna Karan started her fashion career at a young age working with Liz Clairborne, then as an assistant designer with the well-known fashion house of Anne Klein. Donna was born with her mother as a showroom model, and her father was a practicing suit maker/ tailor, so it seems inevitable that she would be part of the fashion industry. While attending the prestigious Parson’s school of design in 1968, Donna Karan was offered a summer job working for the designer, Anne Klein. While at Klein, she met and married her second husband, a clothing boutique owner, Mark Karan. At the age of 24, after graduating from Parsons, Kline offered her a full time position as one of its designer; then two years later she was promoted to associate designer, and had become Klein's successor.
Chanel's family grew with a sister Antoinette and brothers Alphonse, Lucien and Augustin who died as an infant. Four years after the death of Augustin in 1891 Chanel's mother passed away. Chanel's father left the children with various family and in orphanages. 12 year old Cahnel was left in the orphanage of the Catholic monastery of Aubazine. There she learned to sew and Chanel spent school vacations with realtives learning to sew with more style than what was thought by the nuns in the monastery.