ROSLYN HARTE, ICONIC INTIMATE APPAREL DESIGNER, DEAD AT 94
New York, NY – January 14, 2019 :
Roslyn Harte or Roz, as most everyone called her, passed away on December 20th at the age of 94. She was buried next to her husband Harold the next day at the United Hebrew Cemetery in Staten Island.
A long-time member of the UNDERFASHION CLUB, INC., she joined back in 1969, when it was an organization for women only and the membership was less than 30. She received a lifetime achievement FEMMY award in 1997. Roz had been a past officer, board member, co-chair of the program committee and an active participant of the SAIG committee.
“Roz Harte was the heart and soul of The Underfashion Club. Her passion and dedication contributed to furthering the education of countless students throughout the years. She never slowed down, always participating and pushing us all to be better. It is hard to find the words to describe how much we will miss her, she touched us all deeply,” Tina Wilson, VP and Creative Director at HUE Brands, and President of The Underfashion Club.
There is another club that Roz was deeply involved with and that was PROJECT HELP US GIVE (formerly the INTIMATE APPAREL SQUARE CLUB). The children the Club helps through monies raised were most important to her and she always said, “It’s for the children.”
“She was a grand dame of Lingerie who gave her heart and soul to students studying intimate apparel. Roz was an important part of the Underfashion club for about 60 years” remembered Karen Bromley, Founder and Principal of The Bromley Group.
Roslyn Harte was born on October 31, 1924 on the Lower East side and loved to call herself the “Halloween Witch”. She grew up in Brooklyn and studied at a Brooklyn high school, graduating in 1941. After graduating, Roz landed a job at VOGUE MAGAZINE working at the magazine until 1946 and at that time answered an ad in WWD. Soon she was designing for Lady Duff Trousseau Lingerie and from there started her own contract studio in April of 1954. She started her studio as Roslyn Harte Lingerie Originals, limiting herself to three non-competitive clients at a time. A favorite project was designing pajamas for the movie “The Pajama Game”.
“Roslyn was quite an amazing woman who made every day of her life matter. She was different than anyone, but she was respected and admired. She didn’t have an easy life, but she lived like the queen of our industry … I’ll miss her,” said Carole Hochman, Chief Creative Director and CEO at Naked Brand Group.
Roz loved the Intimate Apparel Industry and considered many of the people she encountered throughout the decades of her illustrious career her family. Some of her favorite career highlights she loved talking about were mentoring the students from the High School of Fashion Industries and hiring and helping entry level designers from FIT. She also enjoyed sharing her expertise with start -up companies to help make their dreams come true.
Roslyn also had her favorite role models. At one time she had mentioned Beatrice Coleman of Maidenform, Marvin Beinenfeld of Bestform and Richard Murray of Wacoal, all industry giants.
All the comments pouring in are a testament to how fortunate we all were to have had Roz in our lives. She was a great teacher, friend and mentor and she will be missed. It has been said that Roz was still checking on fabrics right up until she passed.