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1961 Jill Marie Anderson is born on a North Dakota wheat farm.
1967+ Jill Anderson sews Barbie clothes out of scraps, and develops a reputation for her teen-age weirdo designs in a small country school (100 students, grades 1 to 12).
1985 Jill Anderson graduates from the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, with an associate degree in Fashion Merchandising, and from North Dakota State University, where she received honors for her bachelor’s degree in Fashion (despite teachers deducting points for overly large shoulder pads a la her idol, Norma Kamali).
1987 Becomes the youngest buyer at Casual Corner, second largest women’s specialty chain in the U.S., as buyer of dresses in the fashion offices.
1989 Jill Anderson begins her design career for Taretti, New York.
1990 Jill Anderson relocates to Greece and develops her first collection under the Jill Kalostos label, selling to specialty stores across the U.S., including Henri Bendel.
1992 Jill Anderson opens her first boutique in Athens. She handles all designing, pattern making and grading, sewing the samples and all of the production. She also runs the store and sells the collection (augmenting her growing grasp of the Greek language with the help of a part-time sales staff).1
1992 press coverage: The Athenian, Greek News, Greek Marie Claire (full-page fashion editorial).
1993 Jill Anderson presents her first fashion show on the island of Mykonos.
1993 press coverage: The Agean Weekly, The Athens News, Ego, Colt, Ta Nea News, Athenorama, Kai, Greek Elle, Gyneka and Panorama.
1994 Fashion shows: benefit for AIDS awareness at an Athenian nightclub, fashion shows on Greek morning television.
Honors: Jill Anderson is named “one of the top five new designers in Greece to watch” by the prestigious fashion magazine Gyneka.
1995 Jill Anderson signature designs emerge: the baby doll dress, layered sheers, and Medieval/Renaissance details, including corsets. “The Italian Widow’s Dress” becomes a staple to this day with many customers owning multiple versions. Jill Anderson begins bridal gown design, including one for the editor of Greek Elle, and for a surprising number of pregnant brides.
Fashion shows: slide presentation at Athenian nightclub, runway show on television.
1995 press coverage: Greek Elle (named one of four top designers in Greece), Greek Marie Claire and Greek fashion magazines Votre Beaute and Gyneka.
Costume design: For Greek choreographer Christina Clesioune.
1996 Athens boutique closes on January 25. The first Jill Anderson store opens March 15th at 331 East 9th Street in NYC’s East Village. (Initial customers remain loyal devotees to this day.) For the first year, Jill designs, sews all the production and runs the store.
1996 press coverage: Time Out, the Village Voice, PeeWee (Japan) and Paper
Fashion show: First U.S. show, “Modern Feminism for Fall,” at the Limelight.
1997 Jill Anderson hires the first member of production team. Business triples.
The Jill Anderson design signature solidifies. Crucial factors are comfort, a return to black (taboo in Greece), alternatives to the suit, and the development of the day dress. The theme of the uniform emerges— “Rosie the Riveter,” “The Maid’s Uniform,” “Hepburn Sheath” and “The Italian Widow’s Dress. Jill also develops pieces that transform to double their usefulness—a button-off skirt that changes hem length, and a jacket comprised of a sleeveless vest over a long-sleeved bolero. Layering continues to be important to the collection—the long underwear dress and top, the petticoat skirt, the cardigan jacket, the pant-skirt, and the cropped satin pajama pants.
1997 press coverage: Shopping Ping (Japan), Womens’ Wear Daily, Color Association of the United States (CAUS)—”endlessly wearable… simultaneously glamorous and smart.”
Fashion shows: “The Paper Party” at the Tenth Street Lounge (one-year anniversary slide presentation); The Knitting Factory’s 10th Anniversary Party.
Costume design: For choreographer Kathryn Longstreth, for Wally Cardona Quartet with French troupe Herve Robbe V.O. at Dancespace, and for Wally Cardona at Dance Theater Workshop.
Civic service: Jill Anderson serves as co-president of the Businesses of the East Village Association (BEVA). Produces a successful benefit for Times Square Delivers.
1998 Jill expands production team, and moves production from the back of the store into a new space in the neighborhood.
1998 press coverage: (industry profiles) Tobe Report, Fashion Market Magazine, Women’s Wear Daily and Style Pages; (consumer guides) The Manhattan User’s Guide, New York Citisearch.com., Frommer’s; (Asian market coverage) Hong Kong Marie Claire, Rurubu/Japan, and Continental Pacifica’s in-flight magazine; (multimedia) Cotton Incorporated’s fashion television program, Main Floor.com’s “who’s hot?”.
Fashion shows: Presents Fall ’99 collection at Marion’s Fashion Brunch. Coordinates East Village boys and girls clubs with East Village designers for fashion show at Tompkins Square Park’s annual Art Around the Park. Hosts trunk show benefiting Housing Works Thrift Stores, donates Jill Anderson piece to Housing Works annual charity auction.
Costume design: For Wally Cardona’s world premiere of “Four Ramonas” at New York’s Joyce Theater. The New York Times comments, “Jill Anderson’s elegant costumes greatly enhanced the look of Mr. Cardona’s dances.”
Honors: Featured as one of three “Young Designers” at Style Industrie trade show. Jill Anderson begins wholesale business and chooses to sell to small boutiques (rather than to large department stores) around the United States and Japan. Receives Young Innovator Award by Cotton Incorporated.
1999 1999 press coverage: The New York Times Magazine (Jill’s designs featured on three fashion pages in Easter Sunday story “Sunday Best.”); Wipe magazine, Your Company, Fashionfinds.com, Glamour and Where New York.
Costume design: For Wally Cardona Quartet’s premier of “Open House 01″ at Dance Theater Workshop. New York magazine describes her designs as “spare, imaginative and elegant.”
Honors/civic service: Jill Anderson designs and donates two outfits for Jivamukti’s Animal Benefit Fashion Raffle, alongside Donna Karan and Stella McCartney. iVillage.com names Jill one of their “Inspiring Women” with extensive profile.
2000 A cult following of loyal customers grows exponentially outward from Jill’s East Village base. The devotees include luminaries like Julia Roberts and Joan Osborne, and an increasing number of brides.
2000 press coverage: (consumer guidebooks) Frommer’s 2000, ’01 and ’02: “Her clothes are feminine without being frilly, retro-reminiscent but completely modern, understated but utterly stylish;” F.Y.I., New York Magazine’s Shops, and City NY; (fashion coverage)Vertigo (May), Fashion Manuscript (Oct), NYPOST.com: “Her east 9th Street store is ground zero for East Village fashion.”
Fashion shows: Fall ’00 in Jill Anderson store with live music and dancers as models.
Costume design: For choreographer Ivy Baldwin.
Honors: Jill Anderson is the only designer asked to be on the Color Association of the United States’ team to forecast Spring 2001 colors; asked to serve on the board of advisors for MODA.
Civic service: Founding member of Designers of the East Village (DEVA).
2001 2001 press coverage: Honey, Women’s Wear Daily,.
Fashion shows: 5 year anniversary fashion show, “The Clubhouse Project,” at Charas Cultural Center, to benefit the Lower East Side Girls’ Club (March). Slated for a September 14 fashion show titled “Woman in the Moon,” complete with RSVPs from major magazines and buyers worldwide– Jill Anderson cancels that show and closes her store for a week in response to the New York disaster. She holds a healing chant performance for friends and neighbors in her store, performed by Sista Shree. (“Continuum,” a smaller fashion presentation, is held a month later.)
Costume design: for Wally Cardona Quartet at the Joyce, and for Philippa Kaye Dance Group at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum.
Civic service: Jill Anderson takes on interns from schools, and from Safe House, an organization that assists homeless teens.
2002 Jill Anderson’s work process and Fall 02 collection are explored in a documentary by Joshua Berger, screened at New York’s Tenth Street Lounge.
2002 press coverage: Lucky, Outerwear, Sportswear International, “The Make-Over Story” on The Learning Channel (TLC).
Costume design: for choreographer Susan Vencl, and Wally Cardona Quartet.
Civic service: Jill Anderson lends outfits to the School of American Ballet for a fashion show to benefit AIDS research.