Welcome to our new blog series, Designer Profile! Have you ever wondered how some of your favorite designers got started? Where they came from? How they made it to where they are today?
We just got a fabulous dress in by American designer, Narciso Rodriguez, and it made me wonder how, exactly, did this designer get his start?
Rodriguez was born in New Jersey to Cuban parents who were originally not thrilled about their son entering the fashion world. Nonetheless, Rodriguez went on to study at Parsons, the New School for Design, in New York.
After working at top-level positions for Donna Karan, Anne Klein, and Calvin Klein, he started his own label in 1997. You may remember one of his first breakout moments, as he designed Carolyn Bessette's wedding dress for her marriage to John F. Kennedy, junior. The look became one of the most copied silhouettes of the decade.
Rodriguez is known for his edited, clean, and precise design perspective. He was named the CFDA's (Council of Fashion Designers of America) best designer in both 2004 and 2005, has received the Pratt Institute's Fashion Icon award, and was recognized by Time Magazine as one of the 25 most influential Hispanic Americans. From Time Magazine:
More recently, you may recognize him as the designer of former First Lady, Michelle Obama's, 2016 State of the Union dress :
To view Narciso Rodriguez's latest collection, hop over to the company's website.
If you want to purchase your own Narciso Rodriguez piece, head on over to Top Drawer to try on the dress! We're located at 844 South Pine Street in Spartanburg, SC. If you're out of town, email firstname.lastname@example.org for shipping options. You can learn more about Top Drawer | Curated Women's Consignment on our website.
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