Hispanic designer @ the Pratt Institue Fashion Icon Award
Hispanic designing man Narciso Rodriguez was named the 2007 Pratt Institute Fashion Icon award in New York City early this month. Claire Danes, who wore a dress from her pal’s latest collection for the occasion, is a frequent fixture in the front row at Narciso’s shows.Rosie DePasquale, chair of the Pratt Fashion Design Department explains why Narciso was honored with this award, “The students and faculty are thrilled to honor Narciso Rodriguez, a designer who understands that it takes years of training to develop a point of view. His design is clean and modern, yet classic in its structure, and his career is an inspiration to so many aspiring designers.”
Rodriguez is a true Latino success story. He was born in New Jersey to Cuban immigrants. He trained in fashion design in New York City, freelanced in the garment industry, worked at Anne Klein under Donna Karan and later Calvin Klein designing women’s ready to wear. In 1995, Narciso Rodriquez became Design Director of TSE, presenting men’s and women’s collections in New York. Loewe appointed Rodriguez director of women’s ready to wear. In October 1997, Narciso presented the first women’s ready to wear collection under his own label in Milan. This collection is produced and distributed by AEFFE throughout the world. In June of 2003, Rodriguez became the first designer to receive two consecutive Womenswear Designer of the Year awards from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Also in 2003, Rodriguez developed his first line of fragrance, For Her. Last year, amidst great acclaim, Rodriguez released his men’s wear line, which was celebrated as modern dressing with a return to clean lines and basic colors.