John Anthony founded John Anthony, Inc.
He was educated at the Academia delle Belle Arti in Rome, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. In 1971, after spending nine years designing at Devonbrook (1959-68), and three years working for Adolphe Zelinka (1968-70), he opened his own house, partnering with Robert Levine. He had high-profile clients like the wives of U.S. presidents, including Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, as well as many actresses and performers. His style won him the designer Coty award.
Anthony was known for his tailored and refined wrap coats and suits with flared skirts and wide-legged pants. In 1984, he took off two years from designing, but reopened in 1986. His new business concentrated on producing a small collection each season, and each garment was ordered and made-to-order. He also produced a ready-to-wear line in the 1980s, “John Anthony for Fredericks Sport.”
Written by Vintage Fashion Guild