Designer spotlight - Narciso Rodriguez
Of Cuban ancestry, Narciso Rodriguez was born to immigrant parents in New York City. Wishing to attend Parson's School of Design in order to pursue a career in fashion design, Rodriguez made a wrenching decision to continue in spite of his parents objections that he should pursue a career in medicine or in law.
Narciso Rodriguez in fashionGauging by his success in recent years, Narciso made the correct decision. Upon graduation Rodriguez was employed at Donna Karan and Calvin Klein successively, but most of his recognition came from his work at Cerruti in Paris as Design director.
In that position, he oversaw the design of the wedding dress for John F. Kennedy, Jr.'s bride-to-be, Carolyn Bessette. Soon after, he began to market his own designs.
Rodriguez's focus has been on women's wear, and he is seen as embodying the younger breed of designers' focus on elegance and excellent craftsmanship and design. He also created a line of fragrances for both men and women. You can check out the latest from Rodriguez at NarcisoRodriguez.com.
Narciso Rodriguez's successRodriguez's young brand rose strikingly fast to international prominence. The designer's first collection was displayed in a Milan fashion show in the summer of 1998, with the partnership of Aeffe. For the collection Rodriguez was awarded VH1's "Best New Designer," in addition to being given the "Perry Ellis Award" by the Council of Fashion Designers of America also for best new designer.
The designer again surprised the international fashion scene when he became the first designer to win the much-sought-after "Designer of the Year Award" in two consecutive years, 2002 and 2003.