Marjorie S. Deane

Marjorie S. Deane (April 18, 1923 – November 22, 2003) was an American fashion authority and industry leader for more than sixty years. She was the Chairman of the Tobe Report, an influential weekly merchandising publication and consulting service, with clients responsible for over $400 billion in sales at the time of her death.,[1][2]

She began her fashion career in the Executive Training Program at the Franklin Simon Department Store. While there, she also attended the Tobe Coburn School, where she graduated with distinction in 1943, earning the top alumni prize, the Mehitabel, on two occasions. Following Franklin Simon, she worked at The Tobe Report, and then was recruited by Macy's, becoming its first female Senior Vice President. At Macy's she was responsible for many innovations, and was one of the first women to cover the European collections, to which she returned for the next fifth years.

She was then named Fashion Director at Look Magazine. In 1963, she returned to the Tobe Report, eventually assuming full ownership. At Tobe, she advised most of the largest retailers in the world, including Federated Department Stores, The May Company, Wal Mart, Neiman Marcus, Sears, Saks Fifth Avenue and more than two hundred other clients. She was considered to have been the first journalist to cover many of the nation's top designers, including Calvin Klein, Perry Ellis and Halston. She was at the first Dior and St. Laurent presentations, and was one of their earliest proponents.


  1. ^ New York Times obituary
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