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Sophie Gimbel


life 1898 – 1981

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Sophie Gimbel (1898-1981) was a stylist and fashion designer for Saks Fifth Avenue's Salon Moderne before marrying Saks' president, Adam L. Gimbel, in 1931. After their marriage, she continued designing under her own label. In 1947, she became the first American fashion designer featured on the cover of Time magazine and, in 1965, she designed Lady Bird Johnson's gown for President Lyndon B. Johnson's inauguration. She retired from Saks Fifth Avenue in 1969. Beginning with its 1974 dedication, the art and design library of Parsons School of Design was named for Adam and, later, Sophie Gimbel.

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