née Nancy Franklin
Born and raised in Chicago, she was an innovative art collector
and a student of couture fashion design. Her husband, Julius
Epstein, was a prominent real estate financier and developer.
Mrs. Epstein collected and wore fashion by
James Galanos, Norman Norell, Charles James, Balenciaga, Chanel,
Dior, and others, many of which she later contributed to the
Chicago History Museum. Her daughter, Kay Unger, is a New
York-based fashion designer who admits to being heavily
influenced by her mother’s taste in couture.