Adele Ross
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Adele Ross was of Polish/Bohemian parents who immigrated to America in the very early 1900s and settled in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Adele scooted over to glamorous New York City when she was 16 and promptly found a spot as a chorus girl with the Ziegfield Follies.  Her beauty and exhuberant personality gave her easy entre to The Follies.  She loved the excitement, the lights, color, vibrant people, the gorgeous costumes. When The Follies closed on Broadway, Adele easily found work as a sought after fashion model where she made a name for herself.  Here she learned about dressmaking skills, styling, craftsmanship, and above all else - fabrics.  She had a life long love affair with luxurious, lavish, and unique fabrics. In the late 1950s she opened her own designer boutique and then her haute couture salon on 14 East 56th Street.  She created her niche and name as The Designer for New York High Society. She also occasionally designed for some Hollywood celebrities like the Gabor Sisters, Sally Ann Howes, Elizabeth Taylor, and Ava Gardner. She held her annual Adele Ross Fashion Shows at The Plaza Hotel in New York and always had a stunning turn out. Ever concerned with women’s beauty and secret of youthful aging, she had a penchant for working with chemists to develop anti-aging skin products and for awhile had her own private label.  She herself, had the most beautiful and radiant youthful skin until her passing in 1981. She had a natural flair for making a well noticed entrance and fashion statement with her classically elegant and conspicuously gorgeous fabrics. She lived her dream - to design magnificent dresses and to make women look stunning. - Constance Sarubbi