Anne Klein

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Anne Klein
Hannah Golofsky/Hannah Golofski[1]

(1923-08-03)August 3, 1923[1]
DiedMarch 19, 1974(1974-03-19) (aged 50)[1]
EducationTraphagen School[2]
Anne Klein
  • Mademoiselle Merit Award, 1954
  • Coty American Fashion Critics Award, 1955, 1969, 1971
  • Neiman Marcus Award, 1959, 1969
  • Lord and Taylor Award, 1964
  • National Cotton Council Award, 1965
  • Induction into the Coty Fashion Hall of Fame, 1971

Anne Klein (August 3, 1923 - March 19, 1974) was an American fashion designer.[1] Her birth name was Hannah Golofsky (it has also been written as Golofski).[1] She changed her first name to Anne, and took Ben Klein's last name when she married him in 1948.[2]

She studied at the Traphagen School of Design in New York between 1937 and 1938.[4]

In 1948 she began work as the principal designer of a company her husband Ben Klein created that year, called Junior Sophisticates.[2] In 1967 she patented a girdle designed for the miniskirt.[2] In 1968 she and her second husband Matthew Rubenstein, whom she had married in 1963 after she and Ben Klein divorced, founded Anne Klein & Company.[2] That company began as a sportswear house, but later expanded to include other items, and in 1973 went international.[1] Also in 1973, she took part in The Battle of Versailles Fashion Show.[5][4][6]

In 1974 she died of breast cancer.[4]

She was the first fashion designer after Coco Chanel to adapt men's clothing styles into how outfits were produced and designed for women.[4] She also created what was later known as the "Junior Miss" clothing category.[2]


  • Mademoiselle Merit Award, 1954[3]
  • Coty American Fashion Critics Award, 1955, 1969, 1971[3]
  • Neiman Marcus Award, 1959, 1969 (Klein was the first designer to receive this award twice)[3][2]
  • Lord & Taylor Award, 1964[3]
  • National Cotton Council Award, 1965[3]
  • Induction into the Coty Fashion Hall of Fame, 1971[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Klein, Anne (1923–1974)". Retrieved 2018-05-24.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Francesca Sterlacci; Joanne Arbuckle (30 June 2017). Historical Dictionary of the Fashion Industry. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. pp. 264–. ISBN 978-1-4422-3909-8.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Klein, Anne". Retrieved 2018-05-24.
  4. ^ a b c d "Anne Klein | Fashion Designer Biography". 2017-11-22. Retrieved 2018-05-24.
  5. ^ "The secret history of fashion's ultimate showdown | Dazed". 2016-03-23. Retrieved 2018-05-24.
  6. ^ Morris, Bernadine (10 September 1993). "Review/Design; When America Stole the Runway From Paris Couture". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 June 2016.

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