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Claiborne, Elisabeth

Born: 1929 AD
Currently alive, at 90 years of age.

1929 – Born on March 31st in Brussels, Belgium.

1950 – When she was 21 years old her sketch for a woman’s coat won a Jacques Heim design competition sponsored by Harper’s Bazaar magazine. With this award and her sketching ability, Claiborne began working on Seventh Avenue in New York City’s garment district as a design assistant and a model.

1955 – He was a dress designer for the Dan Keller company.

1960 – He was the principal designer for Youth Guild, the junior dress division of Jonathan Logan, a major women’s apparel manufacturer.

1976 – She started her own company and founded Liz Claiborne, Inc on January 19th.

         – The company went on to become an international success.

1989 – Claiborne retired from active management.

1990 – Claiborne and her husband were elected to the National Business Hall of Fame, sponsored by Junior Achievement.

1991 – A few of the many honors awarded Claiborne were induction into the National Sales Hall of Fame and an honorary Doctorate degree from the Rhode Island School of Design the same year.

2000 – At the American Fashion Awards presented by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Claiborne was presented with a humanitarian award for her environmental work, particularly in helping to fight the ivory trade in Africa.