Model in brown wool tweed coat, belted and with a huge collar by designer Robert Knox for Ben Gershel, hat by Sally Victor, handbag by Lucille, necklace by Laguna, photo by Sante Forlano, Vogue, November 15, 1959.
Robert Knox (1908-1975) started his career as a sketcher at the age of 15.
In the early nineteen‐thirties, when he was still a teen‐ager, Mr. Knox met Norman Norell on a trip to the couture salons of Paris. Subsequently they had lunch almost daily for more than 30 years at the Schrafft's Restaurant on 43d Street, just east of Broadway.
The luncheons, fashion's equivalent of the literary Round fable at the nearby Algonquin Hotel, were also attended reg ularly by the designers Wil son Folmar, John Moore, Louis Clausen, Frank Adams and a few other Seventh Avenue habitués.
Until he started his own brand in 1960, Mr. Knox, who was known as Bobby or Knoxie, worked for Ben Gershel, a famous coat and suit house. From the nineteen‐thir ties through the fifties it was regarded as one of the top flight houses, along with Traina Norell, Ben Zuckerman and Monte‐Sano and Pruzan. He had begun his career as a sketcher for Lucille, a shop in the East 50's.
Mr. Knox was born in Brook lyn, where he attended St. Augustine's Academy. He was a graduate of the Traphagen School of Fashion.
“He was one of those pre cocious kids who started draw ing before he could write”.
“His clothes were elegant, sophisticated and well‐made,” said Julia Trissell, a Bergdorf Goodman executive who followed Mr. Knox's career for 36 years. “He had beautiful taste,” she added.
He was also one of the prac titioners of the fine art of fash ion, who traveled regularly to Paris in the nineteen‐thirties to study and buy the leading couture designs—and learned to produce them on Seventh Avenue.
In 1960 he founded Laird-Knox with Laird Einziger, from which he retired in 1971. After retirement he traveled and in dulged his passion for flower painting.
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