junior sophisticates

Models in library preparing to read. Iris Bianchi in long skirt and blazer by Junior Sophisticates and model in blazer of sheer organdy bound in braid by Sportwhirl, 1959. Photo Alfred Eisenstaedt.

The Junior Sophisticates label was launched in 1948 by husband and wife Ben and Anne Klein. As the name implies, this line was for a junior, or smaller figure. The designer was Anne Klein, who designed adult clothes for petite women, a breakthrough in a market that had been based on cutesy and sweet designs.

Elizabeth Pipes wears a navy dress by Francesca for Damon, suede bag by Bagatelle, chain belts by Monet. Beverly Church wears a navy worsted doubleknit dress with pleated skirt by Junior Sophisticates, button earrings by Monet, white belt by Elegant, red leather bag by Ruza creations. Sharon Loker wears a Beige Mao-collared dress by Claret and black ball earrings by Richlieu. Missa Gomila wears a navy wool knit dress by Korrigan, button earrings by Monet, Navy pigskin bag by Ruza Creations. Lady Reiss wears a dark gray rayon flannelshirtdress with white schoolgirl collar by Alex de John, ‘pearl’ earrings by Richelieu, white bag by Richard Monceau. All gloves by Aris, all stockings by Hanes. Shot in New Orleans. Glamour Magazine, February 1968, Photo by William Connors