Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera

Designer, Carolina Herrera

One of the first ladies of fashion, her unflagging energy has seen her company expand internationally.

Venezuela Designers 2013 BoF 500 2013

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One of the first ladies of fashion, her unflagging energy has seen her company expand internationally.

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Biography

Since the launch of her eponymous label in 1981, Venezuelan designer Carolina Herrera has won international acclaim for her signature sophistication. The established designer has dressed high profile personalities such as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Michelle Obama and has also been featured on several best dressed lists in recognition of her inimitable personal style. Most known for her coveted ready-to-wear and bridal range, Herrera introduced diffusion line CH Carolina Herrera in 2001. Having launched her first boutique in Madison in New York in 2000, Herrera has since founded over 18 boutiques around the world, with a retail presence of over 280 individual stores.

Herrera began her career in 1965 working as a publicist for Emilio Pucci, a close family friend, in his boutique in Caracas, Venezuela. Moving to New York in 1980, Herrera’s personal élan and stylish sartorial choices quickly won her attention from New York socialites and the budding designer was inducted into the Best Dressed Hall of Fame, having previously won the International Best Dressed award in 1972. A regular at hotspot Studio 54, Herrera assumed friendships with Vogue editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland, who encouraged Herrera to design her own collection. Having made samples in Caracas, Herrera showcased the designs in Manhattan and, following a positive response, enlisted external funding through Venezuelan publisher Armando de Armas.

Herrera debuted her first catwalk presentation at New York’s exclusive Metropolitan Club in 1981 and by 1986 had introduced her first diffusion line CH, followed by a fragrance deal with Puig in 1987 and a bridal range in 1988. In 1995, Herrera’s label was acquired in its entirety by Puig, with the group retaining her as creative director of the brand.

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