The American vintage fashion designer Anne Fogarty

Anne Fogarty (1919-1980) was an American fashion designer who  created feminine and elegant clothes for the woman in domestic life in the 1950’s. From the 1940s to the 1980s, she dressed elegantly and beautifully the women. Anne Fogarty said about her work : “Everyone’s on the move. And so they need clothes that look right anywhere in the world, pack well, and are easy to care for. But most of all, today’s women want clothes that make them look their best. That’s what I try to give them.”

In the 1950’s, Anne Fogarty designed junior-sized clothing for Margot, Inc : she liked “the Paperdoll silhouette” (full skirt, narrow waist and fitted bodice). Recognized by her peers, she received several awards including the Coty award for dresses (1951) and the Neiman Marcus award (1952).  In 1954, she introduced “the Tea cozy dress” (the full skirt fell from a dropped, rather than natural waist).

In 1957 Anne Fogarty became an in-house designer for Saks Fifth Avenue ; she designed dresses (for all sizes) but also accessories (jewelry, hats, bags…). In 1962, she founded her own label and met a great success with fitted, A-line, Empire waist dresses and ruffled skirts. In the late 1960’s, she designed popular mini and maxi lengths dresses. In the 1970’s, she closed her company. But in 2013, the company Anne Fogarty Inc was formed in order to re-launch the Anne Fogarty label.

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