Carolina Herrera (1938). Venezuelan designer. Before becoming interested in fashion, she was considered as one of the ten most elegant women in the world. In 1981 she launched her own line in New York. It was based on jackets, tailleurs, and cocktail dresses. The clothes were sober, essential, but above all, very feminine. Her grandmother and great-grandmother used to buy their wardrobes from the great Parisian tailors based in New York. For this reason, the rigorous cutting and the sculptural structure of her dresses have often evoked Poiret and Balenciaga.
Born in Caracas, she married the landowner Reinaldo Herrera. Nancy Reagan, Kathleen Turner, and Caroline Kennedy are among her most famous clients. The section dedicated to the Spanish designers of the Smithsonian National Museum at the Behring Center exhibits one of the dresses created by the designer.
In 2009 Carolina’s homonymous daughter, started working alongside the designer, especially on the lauch of the new fragrances, like the famous CH Carolina Herrera.
Carolina Herrera recently
In 2018 Wes Gordon (Central Saint Martin of London’s alumnus and intern for Oscar de la Renta and Tom Ford) debuts as the creative director of the brand, taking Carolina’s place. She then became the global brand ambassador.
There is a new collection to be designed every six weeks. Fashion has changed and it’s too fast, there is too much pressure. Carolina Herrera talking about the internal change.
The brand, part of the Puig group, still maintains a feminine and sophisticated allure with a powerful game between contemporary fashion and the griffe’s historic heritage.
In 2020, the neo vice-president of the United States of America, Kamala Harris, during her first public speed wore a white tailleur by the griffe. The suit becomes a tribute to the suffragettes of yesterday and today. A symbol of female emancipation not only in politics but also in the social field.
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