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Betsey Johson; Fashion Designer

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Betsey Johnson is an American fashion designer. She was born on August 10, 1942. Betsey was known for her feminine designs, as well as for fancy, offbeat and edgy style. Moreover, she liked doing special and unusual things, such as performing a cartwheel after every show.

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This unique fashion designer grew up with a love for art and dance. In the 1960s her avant garde designs were part of the “youthquake” movement; this is when her career as fashion designer started. However, this career was low, until she was inspired by the punk rock style and created fashion for a new generation. At first, Betsey opened a small boutique in New York, and after that she reached more than 60 stores worldwide.

Early Life

Carmencitta-MAgazine-Betsney-Johnson-3Betsey was born in Wethersfield, Connecticut. While growing up, Johnson had a passion towards two thing: dancing and drawing. In fact, what lead Betsey to become a fashion designer was a combination for the passions she had. “What I tried to do was a combination of dance and art,” she says, “I realized that making clothes is completing what a drawing can’t be—going from two dimensional to reality.” Moreover, after graduating, she decided to follow her interests in art and design, and enrolled in Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

As A Fashion Designer

After graduating from college, Johnson immediately made her first appearance in the New York fashion industry when she won Mademoiselle Magazine’s Guest Editor Contest and earned a job in the magazine’s department of art.

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Moreover, one year later, she had a job as a fashion designer in Paraphernalia, a clothing boutique in New York. This is where she developed her style using unusual fabrics such as shower curtains.

Moreover, in 1978, she partnered with an ex-model Chantal Bacon and started their own company and opened her first retail store in Manhattan. “Our partnership is better than a marriage,” Johnson said. ”We keep our private lives separate, but we’ve been through a lot together. She keeps the books and I keep the look.”

 

Rabih Kayrouz: Fashion Designer

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Rabih Kayrouz is a Lebanese fashion designer. He got his reputation first in Paris. Furthermore he is one of only two Lebanese fashion designers included in the official calendar of couture fashion shows in Paris. In other words, he is a young Lebanese designer wanted to do something international.

Early life

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Rabih Kayrouz was born in Lebanon in 1973. At age 10 Rabih spent hours in front of the television watching fashion shows being broadcast from Paris.  Because of the civil war in his country he migrated to Paris. Kayrouz joined the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne to finish his education.

Hall Of Fame

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Kayrouz in 1995 started several workshops of design houses Dior and Chanel. That what gave him a very good experience. He took his decision to return to Beirut his native country. Furthermore, he started to build his reputation and develop himself. So he began designing evening gowns and wedding dresses.

In 2008, Kayrouz returned to Paris to open his own design house (Maison Rabih Kayrouz). He became a correspondent member in Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. Three years later he launched his ready-to-wear line. Furthermore, Kayrouz created a non-profit organization called the Starch Foundation in order to help young Lebanese designers to reach their aims.

Till now he continues to beat his own path, and see fashion follow. Furthermore, his name now alongside Chanel and Dior in the couture hall of fame.

His Designs

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His designs created in elegant special way. Kayrouz differentiates between couture and ready-to-wear. His ready-to-wear collections are complement with urban lifestyle and “know-how” style. While his haute- couture specializes in the style codes. In general he uses different techniques in his collections. He keeps the emotion and dreamy aspect of couture. Moreover, he creates for the pleasure of women creating clothes that can be either protective or seducing.

 

Paloma Picasso

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Some of you, probably had no idea that Pablo Picasso had a daughter. Yes, he has one, and her name is Paloma Picasso, the well known for her signature lipstick, and the designer of many jewelry items for both Yves Saint Laurent and Tiffany and Co. In addition, an owner of a jewelry line she designed herself.

Synopsis

Paloma, the daughter of the well-known artist, Pablo Picasso, was born on April 19, 1949, in Vallauris, France. Moreover, in the year 1986, she was working on her own, being a costume and accessory designer. Soon after, the jewelry she designed, caught the attention of some fashion critics, who said that they were exceptional and well made. Moreover, this reputation, got her a new job: a jewelry designer for Zolotas, Yves Saint Laurent and Tiffany and Co. after a while, Paloma released her own line, making perfume, and accessories for designers.

Early Life

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Paloma is the daughter of Pablo Picasso and his artist and writer lover Franoise Gilot. This girl was surrounded by artist from the moment she was born. Her name “Paloma”, in Spanish means “dove”, and she was named like that because of the famous symbol her father designed for the International Peace Conference in Paris the year Paloma was born. Additionally, Paloma Picasso is seen in many of her father’s works such as: Paloma with an Orange and Paloma in Blue.

Career

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Her career started in 1986, when she started designing jewelry for Tiffany and Co. after that, she decided to go on her own, and launched her brand, Paloma Picasso. In her brand, she created perfumes and jewelry for fashion designers including an eponymous scent and Mon Rouge, a dramatic scarlet lipstick that became her trademark.

Personal Life

At first she was married to Argentinean businessman Rafael Lopez-Cambil for 21 years. However, soon after their divorce, she got married to French doctor Eric Thevenet.

Who is Miuccia Prada?

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For those of you who do not know her, Miuccia Prada is an Italian fashion designer. Moreover, she is best known as the head of Prada. In fact, Prada is a very popular fashion house that its specialty is mostly in providing luxury goods for both men and women all over the world. Keep on reading as we tell you a bit about Miuccia Prada, and her life as a fashion designer.

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Miuccia Prada was born in Milan, Italy, on May 10, 1949. Moreover, Prada was a member of the Italian Communist Party, as well as a mime student. Moreover, the fashion designer, in 1978, took over her family’s luggage business. In fact, Miuccia first took over the fashion world in 1985, when she created a series of black nylon handbags as well as backpacks. Additionally, Prada is now a billion-dollar company.

How it started

Mario Prada, is the person who started the Prada fashion line in 1913, when he manufactured some well-crafted, high-end suitcases, handbags and steamer trunks for the Milanese elite. Miuccia Prada is his youngest granddaughter. After Mario passed away, Miuccia was an unlikely inheritor of her family’s business. Moreover, she once was a member of the Italian Communist Party. She studied in the University of Milan. Over there, Miuccia made a name for herself and got her Ph.D. in political science. After that, in 1978, she got into her family’s business and was dedicated to make the company livelier. In fact, it was with the help of the person who became her husband, that Prada began updating the company’s merchandise with designs that Miuccia developed herself.Carmencitta-Magazine-Miuccia-Prada-1.jpg

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In 2010, in Rome, Prada got the trophy of McKim Medal Laureate, for their achievements in the world of fashion and business. After that, in 2012, an exhibition of Prada’s work was taking place at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Designer of the day: Vitorio Missoni

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Vittorio Missoni is an Italian business executive. Moreover, he is best known for being a CEO of the Missoni brand that was founded by his parents in the 1950s. However, in 2013, a plane that was carrying Vittorio Missoni with his wife and three others, disappeared off the coast of Venezuela.

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Missoni was born in Lombardy, Italy, in 1954. In fact, his parents, Ottavio and Rosita, were the ones who founded the high fashion brand Missoni. However, Vittorio and his two siblings, in 1996, took control of Missoni, with Vittorio eventually rising to the rank of CEO. Moreover, in January 2013, a plane carrying Vittorio Missoni, along with his wife three others, disappeared off the coast of Venezuela, and in June 2013, the plane’s wreckage was located not far from where the aircraft departed, in the waters near the Los Roques island resort.

Early Life

Vittorio Missoni was born in Gallarate, Lomardy, Italy, in 1954. His parents are Ottavio and Rosita. In fact, just a year before he was born, his parents opened a knitwear store in Gallarate. Moreover, years after years, the business grew and evolved. However, during the 1950s, it was on its peak. Later on, in 1958, the first garments featuring the Missoni label appeared in stores.

Carmencitta Magazine - Designer of the day Vitorio Missoni3In fact, when the 1960s hit their middle years, the Missoni Company’s knitwear designs that had a zigzag pattern that made them distinctive, became the basis of a very successful brand. In fact, Vittorio and his brother and sister, grew up in a social life that has style as well as privilege, they used to meet with well-known fashion legends and pose for pictures that ran in fashion and lifestyle magazines. Moreover, in the late 1960s, the Missonis relocated their company to Milan from Lombardy, and this relocation was one of the main reasons why northern Italy was elevated, and Milan in particular, as a world capitol of fashion.

Designer of the day: Roy Halston

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Roy Halston Frowick, as known as Halston, was known to be an iconic outfit designer of the 1970s. Moreover, his design known to be sexy, yet elegant when it comes to dresses were a major staple in American discos.

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In the 1970s, Halston became an iconic clothing designer. Moreover, this designer was born on April 23, 1932, in Des Moines, Iowa. In fact, his first trial in designing was in hats designing. However, the things that made him famous, were his dresses. In fact, the dresses he designed were sexy as well as streamlined, and appropriate to be worn to high-strung nights on a disco floor. However, after spending two decades of dressing the jet-set, the designer was diagnosed with AIDS, and he passed away in 1990.

Professional Career

Carmencitta MAgazine - Designer of the day Roy Halston.3Halston’s hat designs were the reason for him to be brought to whimsy. In fact, he used everything to decorate coifs, hoods, and bonnets such as jewels, flowers and fringe. Moreover, it took him one year to be hired in order to serve as head milliner for a luxury retailer called Bergdorf Goodman. Furthermore, the one who made him famous was Jacqueline Kennedy, who wore a pillbox hat of his design to her husband’s presidential inauguration in 1961. As a result, his clients became ones of the well-known people in that time such as: Rita Hayworth, Liza Minnelli, Marlene Dietrich and Diana Vreeland.

Women Wear Designing

Carmencitta MAgazine - Designer of the day Roy Halston. 1In fact, he began designing women’s wear in 196. Halston offered a perfect look for the famous women of his era. Moreover, His works of design were known to be for sexy, yet elegant. Additionally, in 1972, Halston introduced a simple shirtwaist dress that was made from a fabric that was durable as well as washable called “Ultra suede,” for the fall season. In fact, it was only two years later that he offered the world his most famous dress that was his trademark, “The Halter Dress”.

Fashion Designer: Perry Ellis

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Perry Edwin Ellis was born on March 3, 1940, and passed away on May 30, 1986. Moreover, in the mid-1970s, Perry created his sportswear house that was eponymous. Ellis influenced fashion industry to the extent that he was called “a huge turning point”. In fact, the reason he was called like that is because he introduced new patterns and proportions to the more traditional men’s clothing’s market.

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Perry Ellis was known as an innovative fashion designer. Moreover, he was born on March 3, 1940, in Portsmouth, Virginia. When he was a teenager, he moved to New York, after working for a sports wear shop. In New York, Perry launched his own company, “Perry Ellis Sportswear” and his brand quickly became a popular. Unfortunately, he passed away on May 30, 1986, from complications associated with the AIDS virus.

Legacy

Carmencitta MAgazine - perry-ellis-designer 2After his death at the age of 46, his designs and line were still worn by his fans all over the world. In fact, even to these days, his designs are continuing to be a big part of the fashion world and landscape. In addition, his company is still working and producing outfits and fashion items.

Moreover, Perry Ellis, before he died, had a small family. He was in a relationship with a television writer and producer called Barbara Gallagher. In addition, the couple decided to have a baby together. In 1984, Tyler Alexandra Gallagher Ellis, their daughter was born. Unfortunately, she was born only 18 months before her father’s death.

Carmencitta MAgazine - perry-ellis-designer4In addition, Tyler, the daughter, in 2011 showed the entire world that she and Perry are blood related when the girl released a beautiful collection that consisted of 13 handmade fashion handbags. In an interview, Tyler said “He was about work, and a perfectionist, and I feel like I know him” .

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