NEW YORK — Vivienne Darrow, an executive recruiter for the fashion and apparel industry, died at her home here on May 25. She was 81.The cause of death was chronic lung disease, according to her family.

In the Fifties, Darrow worked for several companies, including Kay Windsor and Margo Walters, where she became the highest-grossing sales manager. She left to raise a family and then rejoined the workforce as an apprentice recruiter in 1976. Three years later, Darrow opened Vivienne Darrow Associates and established herself as a top fashion recruiter at a time when it was rare for women to own their own businesses.

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