Emma Domb was a Kentucky-born dress designer based in San Francisco, California. Beginning in 1939, the Domb Manufacturing Company, owned by Emma Domb and her daughter Lorraine Domb Steinberg, specialized in ultra-feminine “important occasion” dresses at affordable prices.
Domb claimed that her interest in fashion came from creating baby clothes for Lorraine. Soon, she found herself making clothing for other babies. Her designs progressed naturally from toddlers’ and children’s dresses to teen-age party and prom dresses, then, sophisticated evening wear and, inevitably, wedding gowns. There was even a decades-long relationship with the Miss America pageant, with Domb supplying contestants’ gowns, until 1974 when illness forced her to close her manufacturing plant in Apparel City. The company was dissolved in 1980.
Named after Lorraine and headed by her husband Alan Steinberg, the Lorrie Deb division was added in 1951, with a focus on “young deb” junior size dresses. The popular line was dissolved in 1986.
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