Womenswear Designer of the Year Nominee
Winner of CFDA Womenswear awards in 2002 and 2003 and the Perry Ellis Award in 1997, Narciso Rodriguez recently garnered praise of a different kind. Over the past year, Michelle Obama has worn his clothes on numerous occasions, including the red-and-black dress she donned on election night. “It was certainly my career highlight to have been able to dress this extraordinary woman on such a historic night,” Rodriguez says.
Last year, Rodriguez split with business partner Liz Claiborne Inc., which gave the designer a renewed sense of independence. His recent two collections, Rodriguez says, were marked by “a certain sense of freedom and more passion for my work than ever.”
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