Narciso Rodriguez’s Biography

Welcome June! It’s officially summer Time to get your tan ready.

This summer month,
 I bring you
the biography of
 a great Latino designer
Narciso Rodriguez.  

Narciso Rodriguez’s Biography

Born in New Jersey of Cuban-American parents, Narciso Rodriguez received his formal education at the famous Parson’s School of Design in New York. Following freelance work in New York’s garment industry, he joined Anne Klein under Donna Karan, and later Calvin Klein designing women’s ready to wear.

In 1995, Rodriguez became design director of TSE where he presented ready to wear collections for men and women in New York.

Simultaneously, Rodriguez was appointed design director of Cerruti in Paris. It was at Cerruti that Narciso received worldwide attention when he designed the bias-cut sheath wedding dress that his friend Carolyn Bessette would wear when she married John F. Kennedy, Jr.

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.

Following the collection, 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.

Loewe, the Spanish leather luxury house established in Madrid in 1846 and owned by LVMH since January 1997, appointed Rodriguez as design director of the women’s ready to wear collection. The first runway presentation for Loewe was held in March 1997 during the Paris Fall/Winter 1998 season.

For his Fall/Winter 2001 ready to wear collection, Narciso Rodriguez decided to return to New York. Narciso is the first designer in history to receive the WomenWear Designer of the Year award by the council of Fashion Designers of America consecutively in 2002 and 2003. He has continued to show his collections in New York, having joined a new generation of designers known for exquisite tailoring and fine design and craftsmanship. Today, Narciso Rodriguez presents his first fragrance.

Architectural, pure, sculptural, precise, sensual, sleek, modern, classic, practical, feminine, elegant.

His style is American with a European influence and Latin at heart. American, because Narciso Rodriguez masters to perfection the art of stream-lined tailoring to serve a practical style.

With a European influence, because both the tradition and the vitality of “haute couture” have been a source of inspiration for Narciso Rodriguez, who has developed a very personal vision of timeless elegance, where classicism generates a new modernity.

At heart, his fashion is influenced by his Latin heritage.

His style is unique.

“I think something can be very classic and be completely modern.” 
 Narciso Rodriguez


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