Leah Gottlieb, 1918-2012

Gottlieb, who escaped the Holocaust in Hungary, was world-renowned and known as the “queen of Israeli fashion” for her swimsuit designs for Gottex, the textile company she created with her husband, Armin. The couple tried to re-create the raincoat business they had in Europe, but Israel’s dry climate inspired Gottlieb to pivot to swimsuits. Her business was a pioneer as an Israeli merchandise exporter.

Photo: Leah Gottlieb with model Tami Ben Ami (Ya’acov Sa’ar, Israeli Government Press Office)