ALBERTA FERRETTI:
Her mother made and sold dresses to Italian tourists in the 1950’s.
In 1968 at the age of 18 Ferretti opened ‘The Jolly Shop’ in 1968 selling designs by ARMANI and VERSACE.  
The FERRETTI family opened a manufacturing facility called AEFEE in 1980.
Today, AEFEE produces and distributes lines like Moschino and Gaultier.

ALLESSANDRO DELL’ACQUA:
He has received the ‘Oscar de la Moda; from the Italian fashion community twice in 2002 and again in 2004.
Dell’Acqua launched his ready- to- wear collection in 1996.
His first men’s line followed in 1998.
He is known for mixing very LUXURIOUS textures.

CAROLINA HERRERA:
At 13, HERRERA’S grandmother took her to see her first runway show in Paris.
HERRERA moved to NYC from her home in Venezuela at age 40 to begin her label.
RENEE ZELLWEGER got married to KENNY CHESNEY in a dress designed by HERRERA.
HERRARA dressed JACKIE O for the last 12 years of her life.

ADOLFO:  1933- Milliner, designer.  Born Adolfo Sardina in Havana Cuba.  Adolfo emigrated to New York in 1948 and worked as an
apprentice millinery designer at Bergdorf Goodman.  In 1951 he moved to Paris to work at BALENCIAGA before returning to New York
to rejoin Berdorf Goodman where he designed hats under the name Adolfo of Emme.  In 1962 he started his own business.  His
innovations include jersey visor caps, hats with removable goggles and huge fur BERETS.  The clothes Aldolfo designed to wear with
his hats had a costume feel: a long melton officer's coat with EPAULETS and gold buttons, gingham DIRNDI skirts, organdy jumpers,
GIBSON GIRL blouses and PATCHWORK skirts.  During the 1970s he abandoned those theartrical design styles that had long been
his trademark, basing his collection instead on knitted suits and tailored dresses which appealed to an upscale conservative clientele.  
Adolfo closed his workroom in 1993.

ALBER ELBAZ:
Born in 1961, Casablanca, Morocco, is an Israeli fashion designer.  When he was 10 yearsold, Alber, two brothers, two sisters and the
Shenkar College of Engineering and Design
(as it is known today) in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv, Israeltheir Jewish parents immigrated
to Israel from Morocco.  After mandatory military service in the Israeli Defence Forces, he studied at , 1982-86.  In 1987, he , 1982-
86.  In 1987, he moved to New York City, worked for two years for a manufacturer of mother-of-the-bride clothing.  Eventually, he went
to work for Geoffrey Beene for seven years.  Elbaz says he benefited appreciably from his time with Beene, influenced by Beene's
rejection of trends and masterful drape and fit.  In 1997, Elbaz left Beene and through retailer Dawn Mello, was hired by the firm of
Guy Laroche.  Unfortunately by the time Elbaz arrived, the Laroche enterprise had become overly conservative and lackluster.  Elbaz
was still able to update the collection and somewhat enhance the image of the firm, whose activities at the time included the
management of 15 boutiques and 70 license agreements worldwide.  Elbaz departed Laroche within a year and in 1998 began
designing ready-to-wear women's clothing for Yves Saint-Laurent because Saint-Laurent himself wished to withdraw from his hands-
on design of  Prêt-à-Porter.
Elbaz's talent was recognized, and he would have become the head designer of the house when Saint-Laurent retired.  This however
would not happen because the Gucci Group purchased YSL Rive Gauche, the ready-to-wear label and Gucci design director Tom
Ford dismissed Elbaz after 3 collections.  
Elbaz then began working for Krizia in Italy and designed a well-received inaugural collection, but the circumstances were not to his
liking.  After Krizia in October 2001, he was appointed artistic director of Lanvin in Paris.  Lanvin is the oldest existing fashion house
worldwide, having been founded by Jeanne Lanvin, who began making dresses in 1909.  In August 2001, the company had been
purchased by investor group Harmonie S.A., led by Mrs. Shaw-Lan Wang, a Taiwanese media magnate, who hired Elbaz.  In 2006,
Elbaz introduced new packaging for the fashion house, featuring a light forget-me-not blue color, reportedly a fovorite shade of
Jeanne Lanvin herself.  There are shopping bags, imprinted with Paul Iribe's 1907 illustration of Lanvin and her daughter Marguerite,
and new shoe boxes much like antique library files, tied with black ribbons, to emphasize the precious nature of the product.
Owing partially to the influence of Beene, Elbaz's wearable, simple and feminine clothing- similar to the sporty, casual character of
Lanvin's 1920's outfits - has become embraced by the fashion press.   ..."Elbaz is every woman's darling.  That includes Nicole(as in
Kidman), Kate Moss, Chloe Sevigny, Sofia Coppola and a slew of rising movie names" (Suzy Menkes,
International Herald Tribune,
May 24, 2005).
In 2007, Elbaz was listed among Time Magazine's 100 most Influential People in The World.

ENNIO CAPASA:  
Born 1960 in Lecce, Italy, Ennio Capasa is an Italian fashion designer who is the creator of CoSTUME NATIONAL, the Italian fashion
house he founded in 1986 now an internationally renowned designer label famous for its subtle shapes, dark tones and sartorial
detail.  Capasa inspired and revolutionized 90s fashion as much as Giorgio Armani did in the 80s.
His garments as described in a July 2004 edition of Financial Times are: A sobre yet refined style whose charm resides in the detail,
the quality and overall aesthetic consistency in which lines and looks are intereted with precise cuts and few colours;  black is not
treated as a denial of colour but as a simplification.  A number of stars have chosen Capasa's clothes for tours or red carpet
appearances including; Mick Jagger, Willem Dafoe, Nicole Kidman, Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Jude Law,                    
Scarlet Johansson,  Cate Blanchett, Keanu Reeves and Stefania Rocca.
1986 Milan- Capasa launches his first CoSTUME NATIONAL collection of women's ready-to-wear.
1989 - Capasa begins parading his collections in the Paris fashion week shows and has continued to do so every year.
1993- The menswear line CoSTUME NATIONAL HOMME was first shown and continues to be paraded in Milan every year.
1995- The launch of the first CoSTUME NATIONAL flagship stores in Milan, Tokyo, New York and Hong Kong.
2004- Introduced the C.N.C. streetwear line for young people, produced and distributed by Itierre S.p.A.

PIERRE CARDIN:  Is a French fashion designer born in 1922 in San Biagio di Callalta, Italy.  He is well known for his avant-garde style
and space age designs.  Cardin has preferred geometric shapes and motifs, often ignoring the female form. He advanced into unisex
fashions, sometimes experimental and not always practical.  Cardin introduced the "Bubble Dress" in 1954.
1945- Pierre Cardin moved to Paris and studied architechture and worked with Jeanne Paquin after the war.  Cardin also worked with
Elsa Schiaparelli for several years up until 1947.
1947- Pierre Cardin becomes the head of Christian Dior's taillure atelier.  
1947- Cardin is turned sown for a job at Balenciaga.
1950- Cardin opens his own house and starts making haute couture in 1953.
1959- Cardin became the first couturier to look at Japan as a high fashion market upon his travels there.
1959- Cardin was expelled from the Chambre Syndicale for launching a ready-to-wear collection for the Printemps department store
as the first couturier in Paris.  He was soon reinstated.  
1966- Resigned from from the Chambre Syndicale and began showing his collections in his own venue, the "Escape Cardin".  The
Escape Cardin is also used to promote new artistic talents like theater ensembles, musicians and others.

Pierre Cardin expanded into other product markets that included a contract with American Motors (AMC).  The designs were available
in the 1972 and 1973 AMC Javelins.  A total of 4,152 cars had the multi-colored pleated interior stripe pattern in tones of chinese red,
plum, white, and silver set against a black background.  This was one of the first few American cars to offer a special trim package
created by a famous fashion designer.  The Cardin Javelins also came with the designers emblems on the front fenders and had a
limited selection of exterior colors to coordinate with the special interiors.  Pierre Cardin was a member of the Chambre Syndicale de la
Prêt-à-Porter and of the Maison du Haute Couture from 1953 to 1993.  Like many other designers tpday, Cardin decided in 1994 to
show his collections only to a small circle of selected clients and journalists.

THOM BROWNE:
Born in 1965- is an American fashion designer and founder and head of design for "Thom Browne" the New York based menswear
brand.  Browne was a reccipient of a Council of Fashion Designers of America(CDFA) award for best menswear designer in March
2006.  Thom Browne grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania and attended Notre Dame where he received a degree in business.  Brown's
first break came in the late 90's when he was picked up by Club Monaco, a brand of the Ralph Lauren Corporation.  Brown worked
directly with Ralph Lauren at Club Monaco and spent several years in its design and merchandising departments before launching the
label bearing his name.  Browne's menswear line was created in response to the acceptance of business casual dress style in lieu of
formal attire.  Some of his signature touches include ties and overcoats made in matching suiting fabrics and button down collar shirts
with double cuffs.  A Thom Browne suit (which costs upwards of $5,000) is distinctive in structure and fit and is rarely confused as
being from another fashion house.  Thom's popularity with 18-34 year olds can be partially attributed to his rejection of "that fussy
over-the-top clothing feeling" that luxury designers are known for.  His made-to-measure suits are hand tailored in New York City.
On September 8, 2006, Brooks Brothers announced their partnership with Browne as part of their guest designer program to create
and distribute a 50-piece men and women's collection.  The line appeared exclusively in 30 Brooks Brothers stores worldwide
beginning in September 2007.

JEAN-CHARLES de CASTELBAJAC:  
Born November 28, 1949 in Casablanca, Morocco.  Also known as JC/DC.  As the Marquis de Castelbajac, he is a French Nobelman.  
He has injoyed international success with some of his creations, including a coat of teady bears worn by pop star Madonna and by
supermodel Helena Christensen in the film Prêt-à-Porter.  His fashion archive was showcased in preparation for his retrospective
"Gallie Rock" in Paris by photographers Tim and Barry.  Along with his imaginative clothing collections, the designer creates home
furnishings.  In 1979 de Castelbajac married fashion journalist and model Katherine Lee Chambers.  They had two sons but divorced.  
He is currently engaged to French Actress Mareva Galanter.

ROBERTO CAVALLI:
Born November 15, 1940 in Florence, Italy.  His grandfather, Giuseppe Rossi was a prolific member of the Macchiaioli Movement.  The
young Cavalli enrolled at the local Art Institute, choosing to specialize in textile print.  While still a student, he made a series of flower
prints on knit that immediately caught the attention of some major italian hosiery factories. This is how Roberto Cavalli's journey into
fashion got started.  Iventive and fiercely individualistic, Roberto Cavalli likes innovations and experimentations, and likes to push
technique to the limit.  At the beginning of the 1970s, he invented  and patented a revolutionary printing procedure on leather, and
started creating his now-famous patchworks of different materials.  Cavalli chose Paris as the ideal place to showcase his inventions,
immediately getting commissions from the likes of Hermés and Pierre Cardin.  In 1970 at age 30 Cavalli presented his first namesake
collection at the Salon for Prêt-à-Porter in Paris and continued that wave of success back in Italy.  He brought to the catwalks of the
Sala Bianca of Palazzo Pitti in Florence, and later on those of Milano Collezioni, the most unusual creations: precious jeans made of
printed denim, intarsia leathers, brocade and wild prints.  He created glamorous and dreamy clothing clothing for the modern
emancipated woman.  This revolutionary style was immediately appreciated by the international jet set.  Cavalli opened his first
boutique in 1972 in Saint-Tropez.  
In 1980 Roberto Cavalli married Eva Duringer, who has been his lifelong companion and his inseperable business right hand ever
since.  At the beginning of the 1990s, after time spent concentrating on family and race-horse breeding, the couple went back to
business, immediately gaining new success.  The first show of this new era was held in Milan in 1994.  Cavalli presented his first sand-
blasted jeans, an immediate hit.  By December of the same year he opened boutiques in Saint Barth, in the French Carribean, and
then in Venice followed by Saint-Tropez.  What was a fad quickly became a trend and eventually a cult.  Roberto Cavalli has created a
unique style  Focused on details as well as on the whole image, he likes to play with excesses, opposing and balancing them in a new
harmony.  Cavalli creates his vibrant patterns by using the most advanced technologies, but he gets his inspiration from nature.  He
travels the world with a digital camera in hand, ready to capture whatever catches his attention and transform it into a new motif, a
glowing print or a sparkling embroidery.  Today his mainline is sold in over fifty countries worldwide.  Roberto Cavalli also designs RC
Menswear and then the younger line Just Cavalli, launched in 1998 comprised of both men's and women's wear.  There are also
Cavalli accessories, eyewear, watches, perfumes, underwear and beachwear.

ISAAC MIZRAHI:
An american fashion designer born October 14, 1961 in Brooklyn New York.  He is of Syrian Jewish Heritage.
Mizrahi went to school at NYC's Yeshivah of Flatbush, High School for The Performing Arts and The Parsons School of Design.  In
1991 he won the CFDAs womenswear Designer of the Year Award.  Mizrahi has made appearances on numerous television shows
and movies since the 1990s.  In 1995, "Unzipped", a movie about his Fall 1994 collection was released.  In fall 1995 The Isaac Show
debuted on the Style Network.  Prior to that he had a show on the Oxygen Network.  Isaac often appears on many of E!'s programs
and has become well-known for being flamboyant and considered by some to be rude.  He appeared as himself in the episode "Plus
One is the Loneliest Number", the fifth season of Sex and the City.  He also guest starred on the American dramedy series Ugly Betty,
in which he played a reporter for the cable channel Fashion TV in the episode "Lose the Boss".   Mizrahi also appeared as himself in
The Apprentice season 1 (episode 6) as one of the celebrities auctioned for THE Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation.  Isaac
has made a series of comic books called Sandee, the Adventures of a Supermodel, published by Simon & Schuster.  Currently he is
the spokesperson for Basic Research shell company Klein-Becker's Strivectin anti-wrinkle cream.  He is developing "The Collection", a
one-hour scripted project that draws on his design experience for the CW Network.
On January 16, 2008 Mizrahi was named creative director for Liz Claiborne as part of its campaign strategy to revamp brand image.  
This ended his contract with Target.

SONIA RYKIEL:
Born May 25, 1930, Paris, France.  She is a French fashion designer of Polish Jew Heritage.  At the age of 17, she was employed to
dress the window displays in a Parisian textile store.  Sonia was married to the owner of a boutique which sold elegant clothing.  In
1962 she couldn't find any soft sweaters to wear while pregnant so she used a supplier to her husband from Venice to design her own.
Sonia Rykiel created her first maternity dresses and tiny sweater.  The sweater is her symbol and she was crowned "Queen of Knits"
by the Americans in 1967.  The sweater went back 7 times for alterations before she was satisfied with it.  Since then, Sonia has
experimented with seams inside out, taken away hems and linings, and created a range of fragrances of which '7 Sens' was the first.  
This first creation was called the Poor boy Sweater, and she started selling it from her husbands label "Laura".  It made the cover of
ELLE fashion magazine, and brought her fame.  She later became the first designer to put seams on the outside of a garment, and to
print words on her sweaters.  In particular, she favours long clinging sweaters or small pullovers, large rolled-back cuffs and long
shawls.  Her colours are usually beige, grey, dark blue and charcoal.
Rykiel has written many books, including an A to Z of fashion, and a collection of children's stories.  in 1980 she was votedone of the
world's 10 most elegant women.  She proved that knitwear can follow any trend.  Rykiel also hit the current idea of the big soft fun fur
done as a huge bubble of colour, in her case baby pink, purple knitted fox or teal-blue Mongolian lamb.  Sonia and her daughter
Nathalie decided to bring some Paris flavor to New York.  In February 2005 Henri Bendel launched an in-store shop for the Sonia
Rykiel Woman line.  It will almost certainly be as successful as in France.  There are three Sonia Rykiel boutiques in the U.S., located
in Boston, New York and Guam.

JULIEN MCDONALD:
Born in whales in the seventies, his mother Joan taught him to knit as a young boy.
At 13, he redesigned the school uniform and began knitting cardigans for his family.
He graduated with a degree in knit design and was snapped up by Karl Lagerfeld to design knits at Channel.
At 28 he replaced Alexander McQueen as designer at GIVENCHY.
He shocked the press with his first collection – It was entirely in Black
JULIEN is well known for high voltage glamour and sexy red carpet designs.
He has designed costumes for pop princess KYLIE MINOGUE’S world tour.
He was also commissioned by British Airways to redesign their uniforms.
In June 2006 he was honored by The Queen for his services to fashion and made an OBE.










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