TRACY REESE:
Born February 12, 1964 in Detroit, MI to mother Pat Reese a modern dance teacher and father Claude Reese.  
Attended Cass Technical High School, the elite public high school in the Detroit system.  While at Cass Tech, Reese was accepted at
New York’s Parson’s School of Design, one to the top U.S. colleges for future design professionals.
-1984-87: Design assistant to Martine Sitbon in New York
-1987-89: Started and owned her own line
-1990:  The Perry Ellis Portfolio
-1990:  Worked with African American designer Gordon Henderson to produce sportswear.
1990-95:  Design director for Magaschoni owned by Magtaue a Hong Kong manufacturer that produced clothes for Calvin Klein,
Donna Karan and other well known designers.
1995:  Designed exclusive line for The Limited New York.
1996: Launched the TR and Plenty Lines.
2002:  Opened a Tracy Reese corporate show room.
2003: Sales top the 12million mark.  The Plenty Home line launches
2004:  Tracy Reese Footwear launched.

KEVAN HALL:
Born in Detroit, Kevan Hall’s fashion talent was obvious very early.  By the age of seven, he knew he wanted to be a fashion
designer.  
Hall attended Cass Technical High School in Detroit where he studied fashion design.  While at Cass Tech, Kevan won first place as
“Designer of Tomorrow” and received a scholarship sponsored by the Los Angles – based Fashion Institute of Design and
Merchandising(FIDM).  
While studying in southern California, Hall made a trip to Europe, where at the houses of Cardin, Dior and most notably Givenchy his
lifelong love of luxury and haute couture was once again sparked.  Upon graduation from the Fashion Institute, Kevan received the
Peacock Award for “Outstanding Fashion Design”.
In 1982, Hall with his wife and partner, Deborah launched Kevan Hall Couture.  His collection blended a more relaxed couture look with
sensible pricing that pleased retailers like Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, I. Magnin and other fine stores nationwide.
In 1988 Hall was nominated by fashion retailers and the press as one of California’s Top Designers.
In 1989, he was not only included in the “Soul on Seventh Avenue” show sponsored by Fairchild publications, but was also chosen by
the NAACP to receive their “Great American Designer” award.  
In 1990 participation in the national Absolut Vodka campaign featured in Vanity Fair underscored his broad-based appeal.
In 1992 Kevan was honored by The Center for Performing Arts in Southern California with a 10- year fashion retrospective.
Fall 1998, Kevan was named Design and Creative Director of Halston with the great challenge of redefining the famous fashion house
into the next millennium.  From the fall of 1998 – spring 2000 led the prestigious House of Halston to its former glory.  His sleek
eveningwear was worn by stars such as Celine Dion, Sharon Stone, Angela Bassett, Charlize Theron and Salma Hayek.
In 2001, Absolut Vodka honored Hall showcasing his spring collection in their “Tribute to African Designers” worldwide tour.
In 2002, he launched his own signature, Kevan Hall Collection with a fashion philosophy that emphasizes purity of style, incomparable
tailoring and sensuously draped streamlined silhouettes.
2002 – Hall won the 47th Annual Gold Coast Fashion Award in Chicago as “Designer of the Year”.
2005 – Hall was awarded “Stylemaker of the Year” by Life & Style Magazine for his ‘drop-dead glamour’ as seen on the red carpet with
Felicity Huffman, Vivica A. Fox, Virginia Madsen, Garcelle Beauvias, Debra Messing and Rennee Zellweger.

ANNA SUI:
Born in 1964 in Detroit Michigan to immigrant parents.  Her father Paul was an engineer who graduated from The Sorbonne in Paris,
at which her mother, Grace, also studied painting.
At a young age, Sui dressed her dolls and neighbor’s toy soldiers pretending they were at the Oscars.  
During her senior year in highschool, Anna received a scholarship to attend the Parson’s School of Design in New York.  While there,
she became close friends with photographer Steven Meisel who is today widely recognized as the industries leading photographer.
1980—Anna launches her first collection out of her apartment.
1991 – Premiers her first runway show.  
1992 – Open’s her first boutique on Greene Street in Soho.
1997 – Anna Sui shoes first premier on the runway.  Manufactured by Ballin in Venice, Italy, the shoe collection features both day and
evening styles including velvet, leather and suede.
1997 – The first two free standing Anna Sui boutiques open in Tokyo and Osaka.
1997 – Anna Sui signs a fragrance deal with Wella AG of Germany to develop a signature fragrance.
1998 – Sui opened her Los Angeles boutique in Sunset Plaza, West Hollywood.
1999 – Debut of the Anna Sui signature fragrance and cosmetic line.
2000 – Launch of skincare line and the second fragrance, Sui Dreams.
2001 – Launch of the third fragrance, Sui Love.
2003 – Launch of the fourth fragrance, Dolly Girl followed by the limited edition Dolly Girl Ooh La Love fragrance in 2004.
2005 – Introduction of the limited edition Anna Sui mobile phone with Samsung.
2005 -  Launch of the fifth fragrance, Secret Wish.
2006 – Limited edition Anna Sui Barbie is launched with Mattel.
2006 – Global distribution of Anna Sui clothing and accessory products.
Her collections are currently in over 300 stores in 30 countries.  

MARK ENGLAND:
An internationally known Detroit based American fashion designer.  His Mark England Collection is the evolution and culmination  of
more than twenty years of fashion industry experience.  First created in 1997, the collection has experienced steady growth in sales
and brand recognition since early 2002.  With a collection of red carpet gowns, formal wear, men's and women's custom tailoring and
ready-to-wear apparel for upscale professionals, the Mark England Showroom has become recognized as a final destination for high-
end design, personal shopping and couture fashions.  The designs of Mark England have received national attention for T.V reality
star Omarosa for the Oscar awards show.  England has dressed many R&B vocalists as well such as Angela Bofill, The Temptations,
Ginuwine and Kelly Price.   He has also crossed over into the international motor sports arena via a partnership with the Primetime
Race Group of the American LeMans series.  Mark England wants to continue designing for more celebrities to ensure more diverse
designers are showcased.

JOHN GALLIANO:
Born November 28, 1960 in Gibraltar.  In 1966 he moved to London with his parents and attended the Wilson’s school in Wallington.  
In 1984, he graduated in fashion design from St. Martins School of Arts with a collection inspired by the French revolution.  The
collection, named Les Incroyables received positive reviews and was bought entirely and sold in the London fashion boutique
Browns.  Afterwards, Galliano began his career as a fashion designer under his own label.  He was awarded British Designer of the
Year in 1987, 1994 and 1995.  In 1997 he shared the award with Alexander McQueen, his successor at Givenchy.  In 1991, Galliano
made a move to Paris to seek financial backing and a strong client base.  That same year, he started his long lasting collaboration
with Kylie Minogue, designing costumes for her Let’s Get To It tour.  In July 1995, he was named head designer for Givenchy ready-to-
wear and Haute Couture by Bernard Arnault, owner of the luxury goods conglomerate.  John Galliano was the first British designer to
head a French Haute Couture house.  In January 1997, he became the new head designer for Dior.  His first couture show for Dior
coincided with the labels 50th anniversary on January 20, 1997.  Galliano has been quoted identifying his love for the theater and
femininity as being central to his creations, and has repeatedly cited Charlize Theron as a muse.  He has created couture dresses for
her to wear to red carpet events such as the 2005 Golden Globes and the 2006 Academy Awards.  He has also created dresses worn
to the Academy Awards by Kate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman.  Today, between his own label and Dior, Galliano produces six couture
and ready-to-wear collections a year and a new mid-season range under his own name “G Galliano”.

MARY QUANT:
The “High Priestess of Sixties fashion” was born on February 11, 1934 in Kent England.
She studied illustration at Goldsmiths College(University of London) before taking a job with a couture milliner.
In October 1955 she teamed up with her husband, Alexander Plunkett- Greene, and an accountant, Archie McNair to open a clothes
shop on the Kings Road in London called Bazaar.
In 1961 she opened a second Bazaar in Knightsbridge.
Dissatisfied with the variety of clothes available to her, Quant decided to make her own line of clothing and by 1966 was working with
18 different manufacturers.
Quant’s popularity peaked in the mid 1960’s during which time she produced the dangerously short micro – mini skirt, “Paint Box”
makeup and plastic raincoats.  
She was considered the leading fashion force outside of Paris during the sixties.
In the late 1960’s Quant launched “HOT PANTS”, her last big fashion development.  

CHRISTIAN LACROIX:
As a teenager, LACROIX became fascinated by Oscar Wilde and the Dandy movement;

Oscar Wilde: 1854 – 1900 An Irish playwright, novelist, poet and author of short stories.
Dandyism:  A historical movement that began with Beau Brummel who gained access to
The highest levels of English Society based upon his fine dress, manners and speech.
Society loved him and obsessed over him simply for that fact.  

LACROIX met his future wife FRANCOISE ROSENTHIEL in Paris
She is the one who pushed him to work in fashion.
His eponymous collection was said to have brought Haute Couture back to life.

PHILLIP LIM:
Lim did $2.6 million in sales during his first six months in business.

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN:
McQueen was born to a taxi driver in London’s East end.
In 1996, McQueen became chief designer for Givenchy
He left in 2000 feeling misunderstood by the label.
Noted for being a very technically accomplished designer.

KARL LAGERFELD:
Born (Karl Otto Lagerfelt) in Hamburg Germany  October 1938
Lagerfeld is one of the most influential fashion designers of the late 20th century.
He moved to Paris at the age of 14.  By 17 he had won a job with Pierre Balmain, thanks to a coat design competition.  

CHANEL: See Luxury Design Houses page
CHANEL was founded by GABRIELLE BOHNEUR  ‘COCO’ CHANEL in 1912.
CHANEL revolutionized women’s wear by replacing the corset with comfortable suits and dresses

CALVIN KLEIN:
CALVIN was raised in the same Jewish Bronx community as Ralph Lauren
KLEIN’S business began as a coat shop in a NYC hotel.
200,000 pairs of jeans sold the first week of the BROOKE SHIELDS denim campaign.
A nude KATE MOSS launched Obsession, KLEIN’S first fragrance campaign.

DONNA KARAN:
KARAN’S nickname is “The Queen of 7th Ave”.
Her first collection graced the runway in 1985.
She left her first mark on the world with her iconic elastic bodysuits.

VERA WANG:
VERA WANG refers to herself as a “Fashion NUN”
She grew up on the upper East Side of Manhattan.
As a child she was on a first name basis with the staff of YSL.
Wang grew up dreaming of becoming a figure skater.
Instead, she designed costumes for Nancy Kerrigan and Michelle Kwan

PERRY ELLIS:
(
March 3, 1940 – May 30, 1986) was an American fashion designer who founded a sportswear house in the mid 1970’s.
Born to Edwin Ellis and Winifred Roundtree Ellis in Portsmouth, Virginia, Perry’s father owned a Coal & Oil company.
Perry graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth, Virginia in 1957.  He then went on to the college of William & Mary
in Williamsburg Virginia graduating with a degree in business administration in 1961.  Perry enlisted in the United States Coast Guard
Reserve to avoid the military draft and after six months enrolled at New York University earning a master’s degree in retailing – 1963.
He then started work at the Miller & Rhoads department store in Richmond, Virginia to gain experience in the fashion industry as a
buyer and merchandiser.  Perry later joined the John Meyer sportswear company in New York.
In the mid-seventies, Perry was asked by his then employer, ‘The Vera Companies’ famous for their polyester double-knit pantsuits to
design a fashion collection for them.  Although he could not sketch, he presented his first women’s sportswear line called ‘Portfolio’,
1976.
Ellis was praised by critics as the ideal American sportswear designer of the time and was loved by female consumers for his clean –
cut yet casual style.
1978 Perry and The Vera Company’s parent company founded his own fashion house, Perry Ellis International.
During the 1980’s Perry developed labels such as ‘Perry Ellis Collection’, ‘Perry Ellis Portfolio’, and ‘Perry Ellis America’.
In the early 1980’s wholesales revenues had figured at about $60 million.  By 1986 that number had risen to about $250 million.

MARC JACOBS:
Born April 9, 1963 in New York City.  He is the head designer for ‘Marc Jacobs’, as well as the diffusion line ‘Marc By Marc Jacobs’.  
Jacobs is also currently the Creative Director of the prestigious French design house Louis Vuitton.
Jacobs attended the High School of Art and Design in New York City graduating in 1981.  He lived in Teaneck, New Jersey with his
mother, sister and younger brother.
Jacobs entered the Parsons School of Design in New York after High School.  While there he won the Perry Ellis Gold Thimble Award
in 1984 and in the same year was also awarded the Chester Weinberg Gold Thimble award and Design Student of The Year award.
While still at Parsons, Jacobs designed and sold his first line of hand – knit sweaters.
His first collection was designed for Reuben Thomas, Inc., under the sketchbook label.
1986- Jacobs, backed by Onward Kashiyama USA, Inc designed his first collection bearing the Marc Jacobs label.  
1987- Jacobs becomes the youngest designer ever to win ‘The Council of Fashion Designers of America(CDFA) Perry Ellis Award for
new fashion talent.
1989- Joins the women’s design unit of Triston Russo as Vice President overseeing the design of the various women’s lines.
1992- The Council of Fashion Designers of America presents Jacobs with ‘The Women’s Designer of the Year’ award.
1994- Jacobs produced his first full collection of menswear.
1997- Appointed creative director of the luxury French fashion house LOUIS VUITTON.

BETSEY JOHNSON:
Born August 10, 1942 in Wethersfield Connecticut is an American fashion designer.  
After graduating high school, Johnson studied at the Pratt Institute in New York City and then later graduated from Syracuse
University.
The “Original Wild Child” , is known for her feminine, whimsical, spirited designs which can range from pink tulle ballerina skirts to
silver micro-minis, floral pattered stretch lace tanks and embroidered lace dresses.  She is also known for doing cartwheels down the
end of the runway at her fashion shows.  
Johnson’s fashion career started when she entered and won the Mademoiselle Guest Editor Contest.  
Within a year she was the in-house designer for the Manhattan boutique Paraphernalia.
Johnston was a part of the Warhol seen in the sixties and dresses legendary models Twiggy and Verushka.
1969- Opened the Betsey Bunki Nini Boutique.
1970’s – Created the “Alley Cat” label worn mostly by rock musicians.
The Label – BETSEY JOHNSON was founded in 1978 with ex – model Chantal Bacon, in conjunction with their first Soho retail store,
now boasts a network of stores worldwide.  
1999- The CFDA created the Timeless Talent award just for Betsey.
2002- Betsey Johnson is inducted into the Fashion Walk of Fame on New York City’s Seventh Avenue.
2003- Expanded her portfolio to include handbags, accessories, hats and scarves.
Having now been in business nearly 30 years, Johnson is still very active in the day –to- day decisions of the Betsey Johnson label.
A survivor of breast cancer, Johnson remains an advocate for fighting the disease, creating one-of-a-kind items for auction and
serving as Honorary Chairperson for the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer Initiative.
She has one daughter who now works with her and a granddaughter.

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