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Narciso Rodriguez

The founder spent time designing for Donna Karan and Calvin Klein before launching his line of elegant shift dresses.

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Narciso Rodriguez was born on January 27, 1961, with his New York City based eponymous label founded in 1997.

Rodriguez was raised in Newark, New Jersey. He received his formal education at Parson's School of Design in New York. Following freelance work in New York’s garment industry, he joined Anne Klein under Donna Karan. Later, he moved to Calvin Klein where he worked on the women’s collection.

In 1995, Rodriguez became design director of TSE where he presented the first ready to wear collections for men and women in New York. Simultaneously, Rodriguez was appointed Design Director of Cerruti in Paris. In October 1997, the first women’s ready to wear collection under the Narciso Rodriguez label, in partnership with Italian manufacturer AEFFE, was presented in Milan for the Spring/Summer 1998 season. Rodriguez was awarded “Best New Designer” at the Vogue/VH1 Fashion Awards in New York and the “Perry Ellis Award” for best new designer by the Council of Fashion Designers of America. The same year, Loewe appointed Rodriguez as Design Director of the women’s ready to wear collection, a position he held until 2001.

Rodriguez established his atelier in New York in 2001 and presented his Fall/Winter ready to wear collection that year. Subsequently, he became the first designer ever to receive consecutive Womenswear Designer of the Year awards by the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2002 and 2003.

In collaboration with Beauté Prestige International, Rodriguez created his first fragrance in 2003, which received the British FiFi Award for Best New Fragrance that year and the Fragrance of the Year/Women’s Nouveau Niche award in 2004.

Source: Wikipedia

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