the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, This year Ridgewood, NJ is celebrating its 125th anniversary! To commemorate the occasion, the Village of Ridgewood is holding a series of events to highlight various moments from the past, and to look forward to our future. On this page we will be posting your favorite memories and experiences. Watch this space for announcements, trivia, and stories about the village’s past, present, and future.
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Elizabeth Hawes was an innovative fashion designer born in Ridgewood in 1903. She was an outspoken critic of the fashion industry, champion of ”ready to wear” and author of the book Fashion Is Spinach, published in 1938. After she graduated from RHS, she went to Vassar where she excelled in mathematics, chemistry and economics. Her interest in fashion compelled her to move to Paris in 1925 where she developed her method of designing by draping fabric on a wooden mannequin. Hawes returned to New York in 1928 where she was among the first Americans to establish their reputations outside of Paris haute couture. She was also a journalist, union organizer, champion of gender equality, and political activist. Elizabeth’s mother was education pioneer, Henrietta Hawes (yes, the elementary school!) whose wedding trousseau, bought in Paris, can be viewed at the current exhibit at Ridgewood Historical Society’s Schoolhouse Museum.