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Girl's Commercial High School - Anne Klein studied here
883 Classon Avenue
11225 Brooklyn, NY
United States

Anne Klein honed her design skills at this school in 1940.  Born Hannah Golofski in Brooklyn on August 3, 1923, she found work in the garment industry directly out of high school.  Within a year, she was working at Varden Petites where she redesigned the firm's line, introducing a new style of ready-to-wear and sophisticated clothing for young (thin) women that would come to be known as Junior Miss.  In 1968, Anne Klein and Company opened with Klein as director and half-owner.  By the early 1970s, more than 800 American department stores and dress shops carried her creations.  Since the designer's death in 1974, the Anne Klein label has remained a strong presence in retail stores around the world.

The school later became coeducational, renamed Prospect Heights High School.  Closed in 2006, the building now houses four small high schools: the Brooklyn School for Music and Theater, Brooklyn Academy for Science and the Environment, International High School at Prospect Heights, and the High School for Global Citizenship.

See also: "Birth of fashion designer Anne Klein" in This Week in History.

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