30 July 1933
“The Great Hat Movement” by Irene Salinger in the magazine Die junge Dame
Irene Salinger grew up in an artistic family and developed a passion for fashion, photography, theater and ballet at an early age. The Stern family held many dances at their vacation home in Caputh near Potsdam. There Irene learned to sail from her neighbor, Albert Einstein.
Until she married Harry Salinger, Irene Salinger worked as a model and successfully completed a training program at a fashion design school. Just after the couple’s wedding, Harry Salinger lost his job as a judge. The couple attempted to immigrate to the United States, but did not receive permission to leave for New York until three years later, in July 1936. Until that time, Irene Salinger worked as a journalist for various national and international magazines.