THE ROAD TO FASHION

Involved in the worlds of dance, theater, fashion and antiques in England, Wilson-Marquis came to New York to dance, eventually settling fully into the world of fashion.

In the late 1970s, she partnered with Cora Hysinger to form Cora & Jane, headquartered in a SoHo salon that produced distinctive hand-beaded eveningwear.

“We had eight Italian ladies working for us,” Wilson-Marquis says of the operation that would outfit the likes of Diana Ross and be featured in publications ranging from Harper’s Bazaar to Women’s Wear Daily.

The collection, she adds, “sold to Saks, Barneys, Bergdorf, the whole thing.”

Though they remained friends, Wilson-Marquis says the creative team would eventually split and she went on to a namesake design firm on the Upper East Side.

“We went from black beading to white dresses,” she says of her transition into the wedding market.