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Carolina Herrera

Having dressed political ladies such as Jackie O, the womenswear brand became known for its dramatic but classic eveningwear.

Vital statistics

  • 1981 Established
  • Private Type
  • 5,001 - 10,000 Number of employees
  • 280 Stores
  • New York, United States HQ

Company Snapshot

Company Snapshot

Carolina Herrera was founded by the Venezuelan-American fashion designer known for "exceptional personal style", and dressing First Ladies from Jacqueline Onassis to Michelle Obama.

Frequently associating with Mick and Bianca Jagger and Andy Warhol, at Studio 54, she became well known for her dramatic style. She first appeared on the International Best Dressed List in 1972, then was elected to its Hall of Fame in 1980. That year, her friend Diana Vreeland, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue suggested that Carolina design a clothing line.

A well-known Park Avenue boutique, Martha's, agreed to showcase her clothing in their prominent windows. Upon this initial success, she returned to Caracas and raised capital to fund a more formal launch. Her first runway show in 1980 included future supermodel Iman.

The company has been based in New York City since 1980, and in 1981 the brand received recognition from several key publications, including Women's Wear Daily and Tatler, with particular early attention to her well designed sleeves.

In the late 1980s, Spanish fragrance company Puig licensed the Carolina Herrera name to develop and market a line of perfumes. In 1995, the firm acquired the Carolina Herrara fashion business, retaining her as Creative Director.

In 2008, they launched a ready-to-wear brand called CH Carolina Herrera. As of 2011, her daughters Carolina Jr. and Patricia Lansing participate in the creative direction and design.

In 2008, she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

Source: Wikipedia

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