Anne Fogarty (1919-1980) started her design career in 1948 working for Youth Guild. In 1950, she went to work for Margot, Inc. Her dresses commonly had fitted bodices and full skirts with crinolines, but after 1956, her look narrowed somewhat, with longer, straighter skirts. Fogarty began doing designs exclusively for Saks Fifth Avenue in 1957. In 1959 she wrote a book, Wife Dressing, in which she gave advice on how to dress to please a man.
In 1962 Fogarty opened her own design house, Anne Fogarty, Inc. She expanded her lines to include sportswear and ensembles, but she was still best known for her dresses. In the 1960s, the Empire style of dress was a Fogarty favorite.
In the mid 1960s, Fogarty introduced two new lines, A.F. Boutique and Collector’s Items by Anne Fogarty. Her Clothes Circuit division was designed in part by Adrienne Steckling, in 1971-72. Anne Fogarty Inc. closed in 1974.
After her retirement, Fogarty continued to do free-lance design work. Her last collection was for Shariella Fashion in 1980.
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