Jacob Israel Avedon
|Also Known As:||"Jack"|
|Death:||Died in New York, NY, USA|
|Occupation:||blouse shop owner, womens specialty shop owner|
|Managed by:||Malka Mysels|
About Jacob Israel Avedon
Born and raised in New York City, Richard Avedon was the only son of Jacob Israel Avedon, a Russian-Jewish immigrant who started a successful retail dress business on Fifth Avenue. His father had been brought up in a New York City Jewish orphanage and later founded Avedons of Fifth Ave – a successful women’s clothing store.
Avedon remembers his father, who died in 1973, as a stern disciplinarian who "was really hot on dumb quotes from Shakespeare and Teddy Roosevelt" and who insisted that physical strength, education and money prepared one for the world.
It was Avedon's mother, Anne, who took young Richard to see Rachmaninoff at Carnegie Hall and Fred Astaire at Radio City and gave him a grounding in beauty and style.