Calvin Klein. Fashion Design Superstar by Diane Dakers

By Diane Dakers

Calvin Klein, a boy from the Bronx, took his first garments line of 3 attire and 6 coats to an appointment at Bonwit Teller, New York's division shop for the rich. sooner than lengthy, he had designed a line of denims that bought 200,000 in per week, and he used to be referred to as the 'King of garments' by way of humans journal.

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As an adult, Marci Klein has had an Emmy Award-winning career as a television producer, most notably for the NBC shows 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live. 39 Queens to start a life together. Two years later, Marcia Robin Klein (“Marci”), the couple’s only child, was born. Moving Up and Making a Name Even though Jayne supplemented her husband’s modest salary through her work as a textile designer, the duo struggled to make ends meet—another reason Calvin needed a new, better paying, job. Despite such high praise and the dash of design freedom he was experiencing, what Calvin longed to do was create his own line.

O’Brien liked what he saw on the racks in Room 613 and invited Calvin to show his collection to Bonwit Teller president Mildred Custin a few days later. Known as the grande dame in the fashion industry of the day, Custin had a nose for design talent and, with 12 stores in her chain, was able to launch a new designer’s career with a single order. “If I saw something I liked, I'd fill the store with it,” she said. ” The following Saturday, Calvin rolled his rack of clothing 20 blocks to Bonwit Teller.

By then, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards were in full swing. Founded in 1962, the CFDA handed out its first annual Fashion Awards in 1981. Every June since then, the who’s-who in American fashion have gathered to celebrate the best in the biz. Calvin Klein has won six Coty Awards and six CFDA Awards. 61 The company’s two founders, still in their 30s, were millionaires. The biggest—and most valuable—licensing deals the duo negotiated during their careers began in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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