1970s Fashion, 1980s Fashion, Fashion Designers, Fashion History

Carolina Herrera

Designer:  Carolina Herrera (b. January 8, 1939)

After 37-years as Creative Director of her eponymous fashion house, Carolina Herrera is taking on a new role, Global Brand Ambassador.  The House of Herrera has consistently shown her designs through nearly four decades of fashion: 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s and will continue to flourish in the 21st century.  It must be a great challenge.  Every year, she must re-invent her designs by following trends, and new developments based on social, cultural and political influencers.

Herrera is known for her high-end, elegant, sexy and powerful dress attire.  She has designed dresses worn by the “First Ladies of the United States: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Laura Bush, Michelle Obama, and Melania Trump”, celebrities and every day brides.  And more recently the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, wore a denim dress to the Sentebale Polo Cup.

Personally, I love that she creates heirloom garments, e.g. wedding dresses, but also fun and elegant evening wear.  With her customized prints, embroidery, three-dimensional embellishments and fairy-tale gowns, she stands out and should be recognized as a historical genius in the fashion world.

This Spring 2018 advertisement of a pink & blue striped, floor length dress looks casual enough to wear to a bridal shower but also formal with its center front fabric covered buttons.  It’s the perfect Spring/Summer bride-to-be or bridesmaid dress. 

There is irony in the photo with it taken in front of a news paper stand.  While I love print and “Reading all about it,” society has quickly moved from print to electronic media in the information age and social media era.  We look forward to reading all about the House of Herrera for years to come.

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