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Jil Sander


  Female      German      Designer

  Born : Nov 27, 1943  


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Heidemarie Jiline "Jil" Sander (born 27 November 1943) is a minimalist German fashion designer and the founder of the Jil Sander fashion house. She was listed as one of the fifty best-dressed over 50s by The Guardian in March 2013. Sander has been described as the "Queen of Less".

Sander studied at Krefeld School of Textiles (Class 1963) and was a foreign exchange student at the University of California, Los Angeles (1963-64). After her stint in UCLA, she moved on to New York as a magazine fashion writer. At age 21, she came back to Hamburg to join her younger and older siblings after their father died unexpectedly at 52.

Sander founded her own fashion house Jil Sander in Rotherbaum, Hamburg, Germany in 1968. She overcame a poorly received first Jil Sander Paris collection shown at the Plaza Athénée in 1975 and listed her company on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange at the end of the 1980s. She subsequently flourished through the 1980s and 1990s, and soon achieved an international following, thanks to retailers like Linda Dresner, who for a time had a Sander boutique on New York's Park Avenue, and Joan Burstein of Browns in London...


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