Muriel King (1901-1977) started out as a fashion illustrator in the 1920s, producing work for magazines such as Vogue in the US and Femina in France. In the early 1930s, she switched to designing and producing clothing, starting with a sketch from which the customer would choose a dress. In 1932 she began a ready-to-wear line, which was featured in an early showcase of American designers at Lord & Taylor.
She designed the costumes for at least eight movies and she was a favorite of Katherine Hepburn, who wore King’s designs off-screen as well as in two movies. After WWII King became the in-house designer at Stein & Blaine. She retired from designing in 1957 so she could return to her first love, which was painting.
Written by Lizzie Bramlett, fuzzylizzie.com