Elliette Ellis was one of six children born to Lebanese immigrant parents in Montreal in about 1924. Elliette went to the Traphagen School of Fashion in New York to learn the dress business and after graduating went to work in a New York dress firm to learn the business hands on. As a shrewd business woman, she negotiated her first job to be paid as a percentage of the profits rather than a salary. With a modest investment she went out to Los Angeles to open her own company in 1952. The company became known for its feminine chiffon cocktail fashions. The company went public in 1961, and diversified into banking and investments in 1968. The company ceased making clothes in the 1990s but is still active in business.
The Fashion History Museum doesn’t currently have a Miss Elliette dress in its collection, the one shown is from Tova’s Vintage Shop on Etsy