Bella Freud - English clothes designer whose short dresses and other daring clothes have been favorites of Madonna, etc. She was recently named chief designer for Jaeger, a large British chain. Bellas father is famous artist Lucien Freud and her great-grandfather is Sigmund Freud. Her sister is novelist Esther Freud. We dont know for sure; but we presume her mother, Bernadine Coverely, is not Jewish.
Bruce Weber - Famous fashion and celebrity photographer. Practically not a month goes by without a Weber photo in a glossy magazine. Principal photographer of Versace, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein campaigns. Often brings a homoerotic angle to his work. He is also a prolific author, with some quite scholarly works to his credit.
Diane Von Furstenberg - Famous designer, best known for her "wrap" dress. Her mother spent two years in the concentration camps. Married Austro-Italian noble and got name. Better sales name than, say, Diane Livshitz. Years ago, NY Magazine ran a piece in which her very aristocratic (now ex) German mother-in-law said, in effect, "its good to have a some clever Jewish blood in the family". Diane got pregnant by an heir to the Fiat fortune and he shocked his family by marrying her. But her astonishing success brought them around-- as the above comment indicates--however condescending it is.
Elizabeth Emmanuel - English Jewish fashion designer. Creator of perhaps the most famous dress of the last twenty five years: the gown which Princess Diana wore on her wedding day. She (and her designer husband, David) were rocketed to fame. We just read that some bad business choices forced her company into bankruptcy in 1999.
Famous fashion and art photographer. Born in Germany to a wealthy family, he escaped to France and barely made it to the States. Top fashion photographer for Harpers Bizzare and others in the 40s and 50s; also noted for his photography of nudes.
The founder of the chain which pioneered buying designer clothes, ripping out the label, and selling them at a steep discount. The 1st store was a mansion on Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn. Calvin Klein cites shopping trips to Loehmanns as spurring his interest in fashion. Famous for its "non-holds barred" communal dressing rooms.The editor of this site was present, as a child, at the closing of the 1st store. The behavior of the crowd, spurred on by sale prices, is seared in his memory.
Founder of the famous perfume and cosmetics company which bore her name. Born in Poland in 1870, she immigrated to Australia. She began a small cosmetics company which proved successful. She moved to London and established a chain of salons and retail outlets. She moved to the US after WWI and repeated her success. A real tough cookie, but she gave a lot of money to Jewish and secular charities.
Photographer, reknowned for fashion and erotic photography with a unique sensibility of Eurotrash decadence. Born Helmet Neustader, he left Germany for Australia and then England.
Probably the most famous Australian fashion and art photographer (1920-1999). Born Henry Tichauer in Germany, he was forced to emigrate. An early colleague was his fellow refugee, Helmut Newton.
Famous lingerie designer featured by Victorias Secret and others. English Jew, born Janet Phillips.
We saw a mention of the Vakko House of Fashion in US News and it was interesting. Vakko is Turkeys largest womans scarf manufacturer. Scarves are wore by many fundamentalist Islamic women as a sign of their piety and politics. The secular government of Turkey has tried to enforce a decades long ban on them. Principally because they are seen as a step towards overturning Turkeys secular constitutional structure.
CEO/ President Timberland Co. (Footware and Apparel Co.). He is orthodox and carries prayer books on planes, uses religious beliefs to guide business decisions and company policy, and often consults with his rabbi.
Famous clothing designer who was born in the Bronx in 1942. His parents were immigrants from Europe. Klein was always known as the best dressed boy on the block. He began his company in 1968 with $10,000 and the help of his childhood friend, Barry Schwartz. The rest is fashion history.
Karan, born Donna Faske, is a design mogul. She began with Anne Klein and took over as chief designer of that firm with Kleins death in 1974. Ms. Karan is one of many celebrities reported to be studying kabbalah, Jewish mysticism.
Bauer was born and raised in the state of Washington, he was a husband, a father, a businessman, an innovator and a true outdoorsman. Eddie Bauer lived a full life filled with ideas and inventions.
Lauder was a famous cosmetics manufacturer who was born Josephine Esther Mentzer in Queens, NY. Her married name, Lauter, was later changed to Lauder. Named to Time Magazines list of the 100 most influential business people of the century. She built the company from scratch; based on great service, free gifts, and a great sense of the market.
Mizrahi ia an American TV presenter, fashion designer, and was the creative director of Liz Claiborne. He is best known for his eponymous fashion lines. As a child Mizrahi attended a yeshiva.
Cole is a famous shoe designer. Rather than sell from an exhibitor space, he registered the company as a movie production company with NYC officials. He thus got permission to park a forty foot trailer in midtown and sold 40,000 pairs of shoes out of the trailer in a matter of days. Cole has recently been reported to be studying with the orthodox group Aish Ha Torah.
Bakst was born Lev Rosenberg in Russia in 1864. Bakst was his mothers maiden name. He converted to Christianity as a young man, but later returned to Judaism. Bakst was the principal costume designer for Diaghilevs famous Ballet Russes.
Strauss is a German-Jewish founder of the Levi Strauss Company. The company, which began in San Francisco in the 1850s, made clothes gold miners wanted. His sisters descendants, the "Haas" family, still control the company.
Jacobs is an American fashion designer. As one of todays premier clothing designers his line can be found in Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bergdorf Goodman. He has been the creative director of the French design house Louis Vuitton since 1997. Jacobs is on Time Magazine's 2010 Time 100 list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Azria is a French fashion designer of Tunisian Jewish descent who founded the contemporary women's clothing brand BCBGMAXAZRIA. Azria is also the designer, chairman and CEO of BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP, a global fashion house that encompasses over 20 brands. He is based in Los Angeles.