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Below are the designers that have either inspired or created the Barbie Doll,
Barbie Fashions & Accessories from Mattel to your home.
Designer  Biography
ARMANI
Giorgio Armani born 11 July 1934)is an Italian fashion designer, He was born in the northern Italian town of Piacenza , where he was raised with two other siblings along with his mother and father. Armani aspired to a career in medicine after reading A. J. Cronins The Citadel, and enrolled at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart. In 1953, after two years of studies, he was called to military service, which included working in a military hospital. The experience convinced him that he was not cut out to be a doctor. After his stint in the armed forces Armani found a job as a window dresser at La Rinascente, a department store in Milan. He went on to become a seller for the menswear department, in which capacity he gained valuable experience in the marketing aspect of the fashion industry.
ROBERT BEST
Robert Best has been a powerhouse for Mattel since the mid 1990s. Prior to joining the Barbie Collectibles team, he made his mark alongside fashion luminaries like Anne Klein and Donna Karan. Having spent years designing for the runways of Manhattan and Milan, Best approaches his Barbie outfits with an assured, proven sense of confidence. A Best design has become synonymous with playful sophistication, vintage sexiness and a welcome return to white-glove-and-pearls elegance. Some of his best designs are Billions of Dreams Barbie, Millennium Bride Barbie, Wedgwood Barbie, as well as the celebrity likenesses of Audrey Hepburn, James Dean and Marilyn Monroe. His ever-expanding Barbie Fashion Model Collection encompasses everything from lace-trimmed lingerie to hand-beaded evening gowns, a trousseau worthy of a blushing bride or a society stalwart. In the end, Best says, "I think most women want to look pretty; the same can be said of dolls"
KITTY BLACK-PERKINS
As hard as it is to believe, Kitty Black-Perkins has been sharing her perfect taste and her beautiful sense of style with Barbie for more than a quarter of a century. Chief designer of Barbie fashions and doll concepts for Mattel, Black-Perkins was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina. At the age of eight, she realized she had the po­tential and the desire to become a world-class fashion designer. She eag­erly practiced her craftsmanship on her large collection of play dolls. She designed children's clothing, junior sportswear and couture gowns. It was the perfect proving ground for the designer who would become responsible for dressing up Americas sweetheart.Working at Mattel is a dream come true, enthuses Black-Perkins. Barbie is the ideal fashion model. She is so pretty, she is the perfect size, and she loves everything I put on her! A Barbie collector herself, Black-Perkins seems to know what works best with her clients hourglass charms. "I try to imagine myself in her environment, and I am looking at her and thinking about the outfit that I would like to see her in."
BILL BLASS
Bill Blass, born William Ralph Blass in 1922 began his New York fashion career in 1946. He was a protege of Baron de Gunzburg In 1970, after two decades of success in menswear and womens wear, he bought Maurice Rentner Ltd., which he had joined in 1959, and renamed it Bill Blass Limited. Over the next 30 years he expanded his line to include swimwear, furs, luggage, perfume, and chocolate. By 1998, his company had grown to a $700-million-a-year business. Blass designs are best known for being wearable. In a time when other designers were designing clothes which were known more for being a work of art, Blass was designing clothing which even everyday women could wear day or night. According to Ellin Saltzman in the New York Times, "He took American sportswear to its highest level - giving it a clean, modern, impeccable style. He, probably more than any designer knew his customer and understood her."
Mr. Bryant, now 39 years old, designed clothes for Mattel dolls until 1998. He then left the company and moved back to his parents home near Springfield, Mo., to take a break from Los Angeles life. The following year, 1999, Mr. Bryant returned to the Los Angeles area and signed a new contract with Mattel. He designed clothes for Barbie, including its "collector" lines. Then the controversy and litigation over Bratz Dolls began and he left Mattel.
BURBERRY
Thomas Burberry invented gabardine; a breathable fabric made using an innovative process where the yarn was waterproofed before weaving. This fabric was not only water-resistant but also extremely durable. A patent was taken out in 1888. In 1891, Burberry established a wholesale business in London and Thomas Burberry opened his first shop at the Haymarket, now the site of Burberry corporate headquarters. The Burberry Check, registered as a trademark, was introduced as a lining to the trench coat in the 1920s. In the 60s Burberry made a stab at the fashion scene, and the famous check was seen on umbrellas, luggage and scarves. Their plaid is now one of the most recognized in the world. In the 1980s, the company started to revitalize its brands and trademarks. This was accompanied by retail expansion, opening stores in New York and other major cities. All major stars and celebrities have worn Burberry trench coats. Audrey Hepburn wore one in "Breakfast in Tiffanys". Clean lines, classic style, and traditional colours (offshoots of the red, black, beige, and white Burberry check).
STEPHEN BURROWS
Stephen Burrows is the first African American fashion designer to achieve international acclaim. After graduating from the Fashion Institution of Technology in 1966. Burrows began making clothing for the O Boutique, opposite Maxs Kansas City in New York. Stephens window displays literally stopped traffic, and the young designer was soon besieged with orders. 2006 marks Stephen Burrows 40th year as a designer. In June of this year, he was honored with the CFDAs Board of Directors Special Tribute Award. Currently, Stephen Burrows is available at fine stores in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. In September 2012, we are introduced to Stephen Burrows fabulous designs with the PAZETTE Barbie Doll.
OSCAR DE LA RENTA Oscar De La Renta, one of the most well known fashion designers in the world, is considered a major trendsetter, and has received some of the highest accolades in the fashion industry. De La Renta was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on July 22, 1932. He moved to Spain when he was 18 and enrolled in the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid. By 1963 De La Renta had established a reputation for creativity and ingenuity. He was working for two major fashion designers at the time, creating custom clothing with Elizabeth Arden and making ready-to-wear designs for Christian Dior. De La Renta eventually quit his job at Dior and worked exclusively for the next two years with Arden. In 1965, the artist began a collaboration with Jane Derby, an American designer of top notch ready-to-wear clothing. When Derby died later that same year, De La Renta began to fill her shoes. De La Renta began working with Mattel in the 80s to bring his fashion sense to the companys popular Barbie dolls. By 1984 De La Renta had released a series of special Barbie jackets, dresses and skirts. All of his Barbie designs displayed his notorious eye for the female form and coordinated colors. This collaboration would continue sporadically throughout the 80s and 90s.
CHRISTIAN DIOR The first Christian Dior designer Barbie was released in 1995. She was a limited edition doll wearing a jacket and matching skirt featuring black, gold, and red metallic brocade fabric. Barbies platinum blonde hair is pulled into a chignon that highlights her gold leaf and rhinestone earrings. In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Christian Dior, a vintage Dior fashion Barbie Doll was released. Also a limited edition, she wore a classic Dior inspired ensemble consisting of a full black skirt and stylish white jacket. She wears a wide brimmed hat, pearls and sleek black gloves to complete her 1940s Dior inspired look. Amongst the many designers who worked with Mattel in the 1990s to create the Designer Series Barbie dolls, The House of Dior stood out with its elegant style and design. The stylish influence of Diors fashion sense is preserved for girls of all ages in these fabulous collectors dolls. The pairing of this fashion giant with Mattel to create vintage fashion inspired Barbie dolls has been a treat for collectors and young girls alike. Together they have created collectible, limited edition Barbie dolls that embody the style and elegance of the Christian Dior fashion line.
DOONEY & BOURKE Dooney & Bourke started in 1975 when Peter Dooney and Frederic Bourke launched their namesake in South Norwalk, Connecticut. The duo started off with two introductory products: surcingle belts, which were popular due to their unique vibrant colors and stripes, and classic suspenders. Dooney & Bourke is a company specializing in fashion accessories, such as handbags, iPod cases, luggage, bracelets, watches, and briefcases, as well as a limited clothing line, which includes sweaters, shoes, jackets, and scarves. While most products are made for women, there are some products, such as sweaters, belts, wallets, briefcases, and some shoes made for men.
ANNA CHOI  
ANN DRISKILL  
HEATHER DUTTON  
HEATHER FONSECA
California native Heather Fonseca could just as easily have been reared at the royal courts of England, Austria or Moscow. Fonseca has been responsible for designing all of the princesses in the Dolls of the World Collection since its inception in 2001. Once you have worked with Barbie for a while, you get to know her really well. I know what sorts of styles flatter her figure and I have all sorts of tricks to make her look taller and slimmer. When I design the Dolls of the World, I try to take a particular world culture and fold it over Barbie so that she becomes a beautiful representation of that country. Or when I am designing a glamour doll, I might be in­spired by a piece of fabric or an image from a magazine. I always keep in mind that if Barbie were a real woman, she would really enjoy her vast wardrobe. I think she would have fun changing her look, her hair color and her makeup constantly. Associated with Mattel for a decade, Fonseca, who is a veritable chameleon with her sketchpad, craves normalcy and constancy in her private life. " I feel a great deal of gratitude that people enjoy my de­signs and display them in their homes".
PAUL FRANK
Paul Frank (born August 29, 1967) is an American cartoonist, artist and fashion designer. His creations adorn clothing, accessories, and many other products. Julius the Monkey is one of Franks best-known characters, and has appeared in a wide variety of media. Paul Frank is a fashion designer focusing on menswear. During the 1990s, he was an art student at Orange Coast College. He bought a sewing machine in order to complete small projects. One day, he used some spare orange vinyl to create a wallet and after seeing his work, his friends expressed interest in other accessories, so he began to sew items such as guitar straps and backpacks.
GIVENCHY
Hubert de Givenchy (pronounced Gee-von-shee) was born in 1927 in the small town of Beauvais, France. His interest in fashion began, in earnest, when he was ten years old and visited the "fashion pavilion" at the International Exhibition in Paris. His fashions, designs, especially those of the 50s and 60s, are still much sought after. Vintage Givenchy gowns can be seen frequently on the red carpet as well as in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Musee de Mode (fashion museum) in Paris. Givenchy, the name itself evokes glamour, refined elegance, simplicity, and style. Givenchys trademark flowing lines, use of embroidered and print fabrics, and bold colors make his work easily recognizable. He has dressed an impressive list of famous women: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, The Duchess of Windsor, Princess Caroline of Monaco, Greta Garbo, and his favorite muse, Audrey Hepburn.For 53 years, Hubert de Givenchy has epitomized quality, elegance, and lady-like fashion.
BILL GREENING
Education: California State University Long Beach. B.A. degree in Fashion Design and Textiles - Background: This O.C. California Native has been collecting Barbie dolls since 1987. His Barbie doll collection is what lead him into fashion design, and ultimately land his dream job designing Barbie dolls at Mattel. Signature Style: Bills designs are full of fun and whimsy for both adults and children alike. He also has a vast knowledge of vintage Barbie dolls that he loves to incorporate in OOAK auction pieces and the Barbie doll brand. Claim to fame: Designed Barbie doll Loves Spongebob Squarepants on a whim, which went to sell over one million units. Known at Mattel as the crazy, in house Barbie doll collector. In his own words: Designing for Barbie doll is a life long dream. It’s exciting to create new dolls and fashions that contribute to the rich history of the Barbie doll brand.
Tim Gunn Project Runway has defied fashion-world odds to stay relevant for 10 entertaining seasons. The Project Runway shows success is due in large part to the warm mentorship and sartorial splendor of co-host Tim Gunn, who guides contestants through a series of daunting challenges — from creating couture out of everyday items to designing an entire collection for New York Fashion Week. It is only fitting that the ever-dapper Mr. Gunn now lends his expertise and impeccable taste to that ultimate fashion icon, Barbie! Incorporating his own sage advice from the workroom, the expert stylist has developed two exquisitely dressed dolls for the Barbie Styled by Tim Gunn Pink Label Collection. His chic looks offer design versatility that can easily and stylishly transition from day to night.
CAROLINA HERRERA
Carolina Herrera was born in in Caracas, Venezuela in 1939, her full name is Maria Carolina Josefina Pacanins y Nino. She arrived in the United States in 1980 with her husband and four daughters. Her friend, Diana Vreeland, former editor of Vogue magazine, convinced her to design dresses rather than fabrics. In 1981, she opened her business with a collection of twenty dresses. At first Herreras clothes had the exaggerated sleeves and shoulder pads often associated with the Dynasty television show. She holds her fashion shows in Manhattans Plaza Hotel. She launched her fur collection in 1984 and her CH Collection (a more affordable line) in 1986. Her bridal line was launched in 1987, after she designed Caroline Kennedys wedding gown. Her perfume lines followed in 1988.  Her empire grew so rapidly and steadily since its creation that she went on to dress Jacqueline Onassis for the last twelve years of her life. Jackie had changed her look from her early days as wife of the US president and loved Carolinas elegant luxury clothing. Sleek, chic and glamorous. Evening dresses and gowns in moire satin, sweeping ball skirts paired with crisp white cotton shirts and broadtail cocktail dresses.
JIM HOLMES

Education: Fashion Institute of Tech BFA in Fashion design and Illustration - Background: When college called, he attended the Corcoran school of Art in Washington before moving to New York, where he attended Parsons school of Design, and The Fashion Institute of Technology. Holmes built his design career working for the likes of Arnold Scassi, Frank Masandrea and Albert Nippon, to name a few. He made Los Angeles his home in 1993, where he continued his design career for Carole Little. In 1995, Holmes opened his own design firm, specializing in evening and bridal dresses. He joined Mattel in 1998. He has taught fashion design at Otis College in L.A. Signature Style: Classic lines with updated detailing are the things that define his approach to dressing Barbie. Bright colors and affection for prints have been something of a signature as well. In his own words" Good style, like Barbie, can exist at all different price points and last forever!
KATIANA JIMENEZ
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Katiana Jimenez moved at age seven with her family to San Diego. As a self-described little girly-girl, Jimenez had dozens of Barbie's to dress and groom. As a child, I never once thought that there were people who designed Barbie dolls. While attending college, Jimenez entered a student competition sponsored by Mattel. Her doll, dressed to emulate the painting style of Gustav Klimt, snagged a great deal of attention. She soon found herself temping at Mattel as a designer, and then was asked to join the team full-time. I love fantasy clothing, and I am partial to opulent, ornate styles. Working with Barbie has allowed me to de­sign outfits that are mystical and magical. I have designed for the characters of Merlin and Morgan Le Fay. Right now she is really dedicated to keeping fer eye on current trends, seeing what is cool and what is popular. A lot of young kids have a real quirky, individual style. They dress how they want; they dont want to be dictated to. That is my next challenge for Barbie–I want her to look real, young and alive.
DONNA KARAN
Donna Karan (born October 2, 1948) is an American fashion designer and the creator of the Donna Karan New York and DKNY clothing labels. After leaving college, Karan began her career as an assistant designer with Anne Klein in the late 1960s, she was eventually promoted to associate designer in 1971, where she remained until 1985, when she launched her eponymous Donna Karan label. Karan became well-known for her Essentials line, initially offering seven easy pieces which could all be mixed and matched, and created a fully integrated wardrobe. Karan always insisted that she would only design clothes, like jersey dresses and opaque Lycra tights, that she would also wear herself
CALVIN KLEIN
Calvin Richard Klein (born November 19, 1942) is an American fashion designer who launched the company that would later become Calvin Klein Inc. in 1968. In addition to clothing, Klein has also given his name to a range of perfumes, watches, and jewelry. Klein was born in The Bronx to Jewish-Hungarian immigrants. He attended the High School of Art and Design and matriculated at, but never graduated from, New York Fashion Institute of Technology, receiving an honorary Doctorate in 2003. He did his apprenticeship in 1962 at an oldline cloak-and-suit manufacturer, Dan Millstein. In 1968, he launched his first company with a childhood friend, Barry K. Schwartz. Klein became a protégé of Baron de Gunzburg, through whose introductions he became the toast of the New York elite fashion scene even before he had his first mainstream success with the launch of his first jeans line. Klein was immediately recognized for his talent after his first major showing at New York Fashion Week. Klein was hailed as the new Yves Saint-Laurent, and was noted for his clean lines.
LINDA KYAW With a love for costume design, Kyaw attended the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising looking to be an artist. Her sister worked for Mattel as a face painter and helped Kyaw get a freelance job painting faces for Barbie at night She quickly moved up the ranks, working four years in the Face Department (yes, they have such a thing) and then six years designing the Collector line. Linda Kyaw has one of the best jobs ever. As a designer for Barbie Collector, she oversees all aspects of the dolls she creates. From the initial design through the sculpting of the dolls face and body, hair color and styling, fashion choices and accessories, Kyaw not only gets to play with her favorite toy all day, she also gets to make her look absolutely fabulous.
BYRON LARS
Born: Oakland, California - 19 January 1965. This California native has a positive attitude and his love of life is displayed through his conversation and his occupation. He is a fashion designer who makes women look marvelous, and for the past few years he has been making Barbie look spectacular, too. Barbie is emotionally connected to so many women. She is wish fulfillment for little girls and for grown women. She brings them back to their childhood and she reminds them of when all things were good and possible.Lars is a big believer in the possible. He sketched, designed and hand-made prom gowns for many of his classmates. His most recent Mattel doll is Tatu Barbie, third in the Treasures of Africa Collection. She is not a realistic depiction of Africa, Lars notes. She’s more of an edgy metropolitan view of the continent. The current African series and his prior Runway series have reflected Lars personal and professional biography. The important thing in life is this: Whatever you want to be, start being it. Don’t worry about how do I start, when should I start, should I start. Just start. Life is too short and your dreams are too precious.
RALPH LAUREN
The name of American clothing designer Ralph Lauren has become associated with class and taste. In 1967 Lauren was hired by Beau Brummell Ties as a designer. His wide, colorful ties were the opposite of the narrow dark neckties common at the time. Lauren started his own company and the next year launched a line of mens clothing, Polo, offering styles that were a mix of English and American styles and that expressed an image of class. Laurens menswear was a success, and in 1971 he introduced his womens line. Laurens vision was to represent American style with a dash of British elegance and the comfort of natural fibers. Lauren lived the image he projected, and he was often featured with his family in magazines devoted to lives of the rich and famous. He was also the first designer to appear in his own advertising. One of the secrets of Laurens success lay in his attention to detail, always checking product quality and maintaining tight control over the brand image he crafted so carefully. Laurens fashion formula earned many honors from his peers.
JUDITH LEIBER
Judith Leiber (born Judith Peto in 1921 in Budapest, Hungary) is a designer of luxury handbags. After working as a handbag designer for other companies, Leiber founded her own business in 1963. Sold at exclusive boutiques around the world, her handbags cost several thousand dollars and have become a status symbol for many women including several Presidential First Ladies. Leiber is most famous for her minaudieres, which are often covered in crystals. The Judith Leiber boutiques are exclusive as there are only four in the United States. Leiber received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers. Classic examples of her work can be found on permanent display at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia has had a gallery of her work on display since it opened in 2008. She retired in 1998.
MONIQUE LHUILLIER Born Diane Monique Lhuillier, c. 1971, in Cebu City, Philippines.She began her career as designer with Melivier; launched eponymous bridal design company, 1996; opened first retail store in Beverly Hills, CA, 2001; launched home-furnishings, fine china, and handbag lines, 2007. Monique Lhuilliers understated but luxurious bridal designs have earned her a devoted clientele since she launched her business in 1996. Her second line of eveningwear has also garnered accolades and an impressive roster of clients, including Angelina Jolie, Jessica Simpson, and Tyra Banks, but Lhuilliers best-known celebrity commission may be the dress she designed for pop star Britney Spears for her 2004 wedding to Kevin Federline. On special occasions women should shine from within, Lhuillier explained to InStyle writer Hal Rubenstein about her design ethos. Their glamour should be clean. No overaccessorizing, no overstyling. It is always dangerous to go out there in something that is not you. People should notice your personality first, not your dress.
CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Born in 1963 in France, Christian Louboutins interest in shoe design stemmed from his early teenage years. During middle and high school, Louboutin spent many a spare moment sketching his favorite types of shoes. It was during these moments that his shoe passion and hopes were ignited. A creative spark that was to become a Louboutin trademark allegedly came in a flash. One day in 1979, the future designer was walking the streets of Paris. During his walk he noticed a sign in front of the Museum of Oceanic Art warning ladies not to scratch the floor with their expensive shoes. The sign apparently bothered Louboutin, and after pondering the matter he came up with the idea of having compressed bucklers and soles included to remedy the matter. The most widely known signature mark of Louboutin shoes is the red lacquer soles, an idea that stemmed from another flash of insight he had. As he was mulling over his feeling, he happened to catch sight of one of his employees red fingernail polish and he reportedly exclaimed to himself, "Thats it!" Since then every pair of Louboutin shoes have the signature red soles. Louboutins shoes enjoy widespread praise from women around the globe.
BOB MACKIE
Robert Gordon Mackie (born March 24, 1940 in Monterey Park, California) He’s dressed giants of showbiz– Judy Garland, Diana Ross, Raquel Welch, Bernadette Peters, and, of course, Cher. Mackies sense of humor served him well when he joined the creative design team for The Carol Burnett Show. Week after week, year after year, he was challenged to dress Burnett, her supporting players and guest stars in costumes that ran the gamut. His hilarious take on Scarlett O'Haras dress made from drapes still provokes laughs decades later. The winner of eight Emmy Awards, and a nominee for three Oscars, Mackie turned his energies toward Barbie in 1990. She was the perfect canvas for his flashy, funky, fabulous styles. Neptune Fantasy, Masquerade Ball and Goddess of the Sun are just some of the Barbies he’s designed. I wanted to be Gene Kelly when I was growing up, he has admitted. I had to readjust. From a five-year-old boy who drew paper dolls and then constructed lit stage sets via a flashlight and cardboard, he has evolved into a man who has bedecked runway models, movie stars and the worlds most popular doll. Its a life I couldn’t have imagined. I love it so.
STACEY McBRIDE-IRBY Stacey McBride-Irby has been the Chief Product Development Officer and Director at One World Holdings, Inc. since 2011. She served as a Project Designer for Mattel, Inc. for 15 years. While with Mattel, she created the So In Style line of AA Barbie's released in 2009. The S.I.S. Barbie dolls come in a variety of skin hues with a fuller nose and lips, distinctive cheekbones and different hair colors and textures. She designed the sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha Barbie, the first African-American Greek Sorority. She designed a one of a kind take on the 1980’s Black Barbie, as well as some of the 2010 Barbie career dolls, including Pet Vet Barbie, Rock Star Barbie and Bride Barbie. She has been interviewed many articles such as Ebony, Essence, Heart & Soul, LA’s Beauty Beat, Upscale, Chicago Sun Times and Daily Breeze, and has appeared on the front cover of Wall Street Journal Personal newspaper. She has made TV appearances on CNN Prime News with Richelle Carey, BET’s My Black is Beautiful, Episode 1: Celebration of Black Beauty. Further, she has been a guest on talk radio shows including The Tavis Smiley Show, New Day Talk Radio with Harold Fisher, and NPR “Tell Me More”
NICOLE MILLER Nicole Miller is a fashion designer with a modern, ageless aesthetic. Her silhouettes are artfully draped to achieve a unique body consciousness. Her signature is feminine, sexy and refined. She is known for elements of whimsy and surprise, and is the preeminent New York- based designer among global fashions print and color elite.  An American born to a French mother, Miller was dually trained at the Rhode Island School of Design and Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. Her fine arts background in painting and sculpture at RISD inspired a spirit of freedom and creativity. The nonconformist glamour of Miller’s clothes is a favorite of many in hollywood. Angelina Jolie, Halle Barry, Lauren Hutton, Leighton Meester, Eva Longoria Parker and Felicity Huffman have recently appeared in her designs. Her work is often shown on the covers and in the pages of leading fashion and lifestyle magazines world wide and in cyber space, Nicole Miller is one of the most visible designer brand names anywhere. A total of 15 Nicole Miller freestanding stores are located in major cities around the united states.
NOLAN MILLER
Nolan Miller (born 8 January 1935) is an American fashion designer and television costume designer best known for his work on the long-running 1980s series Dynasty, its spin-off series The Colbys and the 1991 miniseries Dynasty: The Reunion. He collaborated on many projects with television producers Aaron Spelling and Douglas S. Cramer, including Charlies Angels, Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Hotel, and Vegas.
James Mischka
and Mark Badgley
Badgley Mischka - In 1988, Mark Badgley and James Mischka, two Parsons grads and romantic partners, borrowed $250,000 from their families to realize their vision of glamorous, Old Hollywood style gowns. Quick praise from heavyweights like Vogue poured in for the unique, often hand-beaded creations, but true Cinderella moments came in 1996, when both Winona Ryder and Teri Hatcher achieved red-carpet nirvana in Badgley Mischka gowns. They designed the second wedding dress worn by Charlotte York on Sex and the City and scored the Olsen twins as spokesmodels in 2006. Despite money woes, they found financial backing in parent companies like Escada in 1993 and Iconix in 2004. The boys have gone bridal in a big way, adding engagement rings and bridesmaid dresses to their successful wedding repertoire. They also do dressed-up daywear, sportswear, and lingerie, but embellished eveningwear is still their calling card.
PHILIPP PLEIN
Philipp Patrick Plein was born in Munich, Germany. After graduating college, he entered law school in Erlangen. As a creative balance to his law studies he soon began to design for himself, his family and friends. His newly discovered love for design and his already exciting commitment to quality became the foundation of the Philipp Plein company. His career in the Fashion Business the autodidact starts within the interior design scene. Originally only designing furniture for his family and friends, the extraordinary styles soon catch national attention. International fairs follow and find regards in the industry. In 1998 the company Philipp Plein is founded in Munich, Germany. Inspiration for his Home Collection Philipp Plein takes from current catwalk trends. The launch of a Fashion Collection is the essential consequence. In 2004 the company strikes a new path and presents the first Fashion Collection. In 2006 Philipp Plein introduced his striking Jewelry Collection, Exclusive, surprising, uncompromising, innovative products such as the worlds first patented watch tag. Rock meets Couture - in 2008 the new Philipp Plein Couture Collection is presented.
LILLY PULITZER
Lilly Pulitzers clothes were popular with society women and she opened boutiques throughout the USA. Her dresses were successful for about 25 years. She closed her company in 1984. Lilly continued to enjoy Palm Beach life and in January 1993 Lilly Pulitzer allowed her line to be revived. Lilly  continues to serve in the role of creative consultant, approving new designs, fabrics, and collections. The company also produces Lilly bedding, mens clothing, childrens clothing, maternity clothes, shoes, jewelry, and accessories. Today, the company maintains 70 Lilly Pulitzer Signature Stores and sells in major department stores such as Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus. Lilly Pulitzer clothing has once again become popular now. Lilly Pulitzer, now in her 60s, is still keeping an eye on the company. She recently made a store appearance to introduce the new Fall collection and signed autographs on Lilly skirts. Vintage Lilly may be hard to come by, but the new dresses in prints and colours are available from the Florida stores.
REEM ACRA Born in Lebanon, Reem was introduced to the intricate world of art by her grandmother, who had a skilled hand for creating handmade silk flowers. According to her biography, Reem Acra studied design in both Paris and New York at the Esmod Ecole de Mode of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology. As a wedding gown designer, Reem Acra began her career as an embroidery artist in New York. She launched her own bridal gown company in 1995 and has shot to the top in the bridal business. The luxurious silk satin and intricate beadwork has made Acra bridal gowns some of the most beautiful on the market. Wedding gown designer, Reem Acra is recognized for her signature use of embroidery. The Reem Acra bridal signature line has influenced various wedding trends. Reem creates delicate beadwork of tiny swarovski crystals and seed pearls. Acras ability to create intricate gold bullion needlework and shadow embroidery sewn under rich fabrics allows for a classic, traditional bridal dress. Reem Acras exquisite gowns exude her own innate sense of style and love of fashion.The designers gowns particularly appeal to women of individual style who are looking for glamour and sophistication on the most important day of their life.
CYNTHIA ROWLEY A Perry Ellis Awardee for New Fashion Talent in 1994 by the CFDA, Cynthia Rowley became known for her very feminine yet charming vintage styled clothing for women. Upon launching her company in 1988, she became known for her signature style- the is addition of flirty details and fresh colors to classic pieces like the pencil skirt and work suit. Her line now includes menswear, accessories, fragrances, cosmetics and even home accessories.
KIMORA LEE SIMMONS
Born in ST. Louis, Missouri, in 1975, Kimora Lee Simmons began her career in fashion at age 13, when Karl Lagerfeld anointed her a muse of Chanel. Her catwalk career led to many VIP admirers, among them Def Jam Records founder Russell Simmons, whom she married in 1998. Though Kimora had no previous experience in design or business before Baby Phat, she claims her time inside the House of Chanel prepared her for helming her own company, and it looks like she may be right: Under Kimoras leadership, Baby Phat continues to expand its collections and recently entered into the lucrative world of licensing, with a series of Baby Phat cell phones released in 2003, and a new perfume launched in 2005. Kimora also serves as a Baby Phat ambassador through television stints on "Americas Next Top Model" and "Life & Style." In a profile of her bling-heavy lifestyle in March 2005s "Vanity Fair," Kimora spoke of her label as an aspirational brand, telling the magazine, "They see my life... they want my clothes. Got it" .... Who wears her?... The young and the hip-hop, and a few others, among them Madonna, Alicia Keys, Ashanti, Tyra Banks, Britney Spears, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, and Eve.
KATE SPADE Kate Brosnahan was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1962. She majored in journalism at Arizona State University (ASU), where she met her future husband, architect Andy Spade. After college, she worked in the accessories and art departments of Mademoiselle, eventually becoming senior fashion editor and head of accessories. In 1991, she left Mademoiselle to start a line of stylish and sensible handbags, and Andy and Kate launched the design company "kate spade handbags" in 1993. Today, Kate Spade also sells stationery, personal organizers, address books, shoes, beauty products, perfume, raincoats, pajamas, eyewear, and a home collection of bedding, bath items, china, and wallpaper. The company, now owned by Neiman Marcus, reports annual sales of around $200 million. It has won numerous fashion awards.
ANNA SUI

Anna Sui was born on August 4, 1964 in Detroit, Michigan. She took an interest in fashion at a very young age and began clipping fashion-magazine pages to fill her famous Genius Files. These have served as an inspiration for her line throughout her career. After moving to New York, she attended The New Schools famous art and design college, Parsons The New School for Design. Drawing on a variety of cultural influences and with considerable flair and humour, Sui gives a contemporary twist to many vintage styles such as Baby doll dresses, Flappers of the 20s, and 60s fashions. She keeps 40 years of magazine cuttings stored away in what she calls her "genius files" to help her with inspiration. She also creates witty accessories. Who wears her?... Nicole Kidman, Drew Barrymore, Stevie Nicks, Sofia Coppola, Christina Ricci, Patricia Arquette, Cher, Naomi Campbell, Courtney Love, Madonna
TARINA TARANTINO Known for her edgy and cool jewelry and accessories, fuchsia-haired designer Tarina Tarantinos one of the hottest jewelry designers out there, so its no surprise that Tarina has been practicing her craft since she was a little girl! She says: "I have always made jewelry since I was little playing with beads. It just evolved into what I am doing today." Her designs range from Hello Kitty-studded necklaces to baubles emblazoned with skulls and crossbones, so theres no doubt that Tarina pulls her inspirations from all over. She says that "books, music, films from the 1960s, and life" are her main sources of creativity. Its hard for a designer to name favorites, but Tarina is especially fond of her new handbag collection. She says that her Hardcore Box Metallic Handbag "is an important piece" in her latest collection. Shes even got her own Barbie Doll!
TODD OLDHAM
Oldham was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1961 an American-born designer and president of L-7 Designs Inc. His fun, lighthearted approach to fashion and style has become known to millions through his fashion lines, interior designs, books and by appearing in television shows. His first job was in the alterations department at the Polo Ralph Lauren. He borrowed $100 from his parents, bought 41 yards of white cotton jersey, dyed it and put together a tiny collection that he sold to Neiman Marcus. Oldham launched his first clothing line in 1989. Oldham served as creative consultant to Escada in the late 1990s. He launched a perfume line in 1995 and designed a clothing line for Target (2002 to 2003). In 1995, he produced a clothing line associated with the Warner Brothers film Batman Forever. Oldham designed furniture and home accessories for LaZBoy furniture (2003 thru 2007) and served as creative director for Old Navy.
VERA WANG Vera Wang is a romantic, but she doesnt wear rose-colored glasses. Always business-savvy, she has parlayed the huge success of her wedding empire into a career as one of New Yorks most desirable and respected ready-to-wear designers. With their rich embellishments, artful layers, and sumptuous jewel-tone fabrics, Educated at Chapin, a high-toned Manhattan private school, she traded rinks for runways after studying at Sarah Lawrence and the Sorbonne, taking a job at Vogue back home in New York City. At 23, she became the magazines youngest-ever senior fashion editor, a post she held for 16 years. She got into the designing end of the trade in 1987, when she accepted a job directing womens accessories at Ralph Lauren. Two years later, she dipped into the wedding waters when she was unable to find a dress for her own marriage. In 2006, she branched out yet again, introducing a lower-cost line called Simply Vera. In 2007, she garnered what may be the industrys ultimate current stamp of success: a cameo role on an episode of Ugly Betty. Vera Wang Lavender Label, debuted in autumn/winter 2008.
GIANNI VERSACE Fashion designer. Born December 2, 1946 in Reggio di Calabria, Italy. In 1972, Versace moved to Milan, where he began freelance designing for the Italian labels Genny, Callaghan and Complice before launching his own ready-to-wear collection for women in 1978. Known for his glamorous styles, Versace produced a range of siren dresses that became his trademark, often using innovative materials such as aluminum mesh or cutting-edge techniques like "neo-couture" laser technology to fuse leather and rubber. Versaces designs have been showcased in several museums, including Chicagos National Field Museum, Londons Royal College of Art, Japans Kobe City Museum and Germanys Kunstgewerbemuseum. A skilled businessman, the designer was constantly debuting extensions of his original line. In 1989, he announced the opening of Atelier Versace, a workshop for high fashion models. That same year, he introduced Versus, a contemporary, alternative line for young people. He launched his classic Signature line in 1991 and Home Signature in 1993. He has also published numerous books. On 9/15/97, 50 year old Versace was murdered in his South Beach home in Miami, FL.
DIANE VON FURSTENBERG In 1972, Diane Von Furstenberg first made waves with a simple yet radical directive: "Feel like a woman. Wear a dress." Five million wrap dresses later, she graced the November 1976 cover of Newsweek, touted as a new icon of female liberation and the most marketable designer since Coco Chanel. After a dalliance with her own cosmetics line and a home furnishings collection, she stepped away from the fashion limelight and moved to Paris, only to reenter in 1992 with Silk Assets, a pioneer in television shopping (its debut collection sold out in less than two hours). In 1997, Von Furstenberg relaunched her clothing line, and the iconic wrap dress found a warm reception once again. This time, it was the daughters of the first-wave audience who welcomed the wrap into their closets. Today, the DVF empire includes sportswear, beauty, and fragrance lines, and the flagship store is a cornerstone of the meatpacking districts fashion quarter, functioning as a boutique, design studio, and pied-a-terre for the CFDA council president. In addition to the wrap, DVF hallmarks include graphic floral prints, cinch-waist skirt suits, and forties glamour by way of seventies hippie chick.
ZAC POSEN Born October 24, 1980 in New York City to parents Stephen Posen, a painter, and Susan Posen, a corporate lawyer. Zac Posen was raised in Manhattans trendy Soho neighborhood, immersed in what one New York Times account called "the art-and-money scenes of the 80s and 90s." Posen was a fashion fanatic from an early age, cutting up scraps of fabric as soon as he could wield scissors. "I was not a young fashion victim," Posen said of his early experiences. "I really had an idea of what I liked in fashion and how I dressed." American designer Zac Posen emerged as fashions newest star in 2002 when his alluringly feminine dresses made their New York City runway debut. Though he was still rather young to be a business owner, Posen earned enthusiastic write-ups on the pages of Vogue and other esteemed fashion magazines for his creative flair. He was hailed as the design worlds latest prodigy, and possibly even the savior who might rescue American fashion from the styles-and-sales slump it had experienced over the past decade.
SHARON ZUCKERMAN  With a grandfather who owned a doll company, little Sharon knew that a future could be made with fabrics, paint pots and imagination. In fact, Zuckerman was training to be a Barbie beautifier since her days of teddy bears and Rainbow Brite. As a child, I used to make clothes for all of my dolls and stuffed animals. I definitely loved my school art classes. She matriculated at New York Citys Fashion Institute of Technology, pursuing dual degrees in toy design and fashion design. During the summers, she headed out to make magic. During my college days, I had an internship in the costume department of Walt Disney World, she relates. I worked there for two summers. I also interned at Mattel and began working there full-time in 1993. During her decade as a staff designer, Zuckerman has been entrusted with preserving the recollections of millions of baby boomers. She has become the queen of syndicated synergy, if you will, connecting Barbie with classic TV heroines, superheroines and supernatural females. She is dressed the beloved Lucy Ricardo doll, Barbie as I Dream of Jeannie, as Wonder Woman, and for The Munsters and The Addams Family sets. I have always loved fashion. When I was in high school, I was encouraged to pursue my talent. As you can imagine, its the job of my dreams. this designer declares.

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