Ralph Lauren

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When he graduated from high school, Ralph Lauren listed his ambition in life as "millionaire." This was an unlikely goal for a boy growing up in a working-class Jewish family in 1940s New York City. However, what Lauren lacked in experience he made up for in style and hard work. In just 10 years, Lauren went from selling ties to starting his own company. That company became one of the most influential fashion houses in history, known around the world for its classic American styling. Despite setbacks and ...

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Overview

When he graduated from high school, Ralph Lauren listed his ambition in life as "millionaire." This was an unlikely goal for a boy growing up in a working-class Jewish family in 1940s New York City. However, what Lauren lacked in experience he made up for in style and hard work. In just 10 years, Lauren went from selling ties to starting his own company. That company became one of the most influential fashion houses in history, known around the world for its classic American styling. Despite setbacks and difficulties, he changed the way Americans thought about dressing and became a fashion superstar and icon, who still influences us today.

Famous Fashion Designers celebrates the lives of the most important designers in the history of fashion. These biographies examine the creative inspiration and career trajectory of the tastemakers who have influenced the way we dress.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604139785
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Series: Famous Fashion Designers Series
  • Pages: 104
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Confrontation 6

2 Growing Up in New York 13

3 False Starts 21

4 The Birth of Polo 31

5 A Menswear Empire 41

6 Designing for Women 50

7 Financial Difficulties 59

8 The Sweet Smell of Success 70

9 Beyond the Business 84

Chronology and Timeline 90

Glossary 92

Bibliography 94

Further Resources 96

Picture Credits 97

Index 98

About the Author 101

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