For decades, Latino designers have been leaving their mark in the fashion world. We see them on the major runway events, encountering numerous stars who favor their designs for the red carpet.
Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, and Narciso Rodriguez have paved the way for up-and-coming Latino designers who want to bring their creativity to the runway. These innovative designers are known for dressing a long list of clients from film stars to royalty.
Other names like Francisco Costa, Brian Reyes, Angel Sanchez, Esteban Cortázar , and Christian Cota have also started to make noise in Hollywood.
Here are some prominent creators behind the most beautiful dresses worn by the rich and famous.
This Dominican designer used his country as inspiration for some of his designs. De la Renta was trained by Cristóbal Balenciaga and Antonio del Castillo and became internationally known in the 1960s as one of the couturiers who dressed Jacqueline Kennedy. The award-winning designer’s collections are famous for their bright floral pieces, ornate and intricate embroidery and the touch of Latin flair he adds to his favorite pieces.
Jackie Kennedy and Princess Diana in Osar De La Renta
In 1981, Carolina Herrera released her first dress collection, and since then her sophisticated designs have been present on the most important runways in the world. This Venezuelan, created a fashion empire that includes couture gowns, dresses, handbags, sunglasses and multiple fragrances. Her name is synonymous with luxury, elegance and femininity. Her style is known to be classic and timeless. Her career, thus far, has earned her the 2004 CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year Award and the 2008 Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award.
Michelle Obama in Carolina Herrera
This Cuban-American, is known for his clean lines and minimalistic designs. Narciso Rodriguez made a splash when he designed the wedding dress of the late John F. Kennedy Jr.’s wife, Carolyn Bessette, and later went on to be awarded Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
JFK Jr. & Carolyn Jeanne Bessette-Kennedy – Wedding Dress by Narciso Rodriguez
Brazilian designer Francisco Costa worked at Oscar de la Renta before joining Calvin Klein where he became the sole designer for the women’s collections maintaining old fans and garnering new ones with his minimalist, chic designs.
Brian Reyes, the Miami native, left for New York at the age of 17 to work with designer Oscar de la Renta. It was there he developed the skills to later go on and design a collection of his own, dressing young Hollywood.
Angel Sanchez launched his eveningwear collection in 1987 in Caracas, Venezuela. Sanchez, who previously worked as an architect, shifted his label to New York in 1997. His designs are known for their architectural elements, bright colors and contemporary silhouettes. In 2009, he launched a diffusion line called Angel by Angel Sanchez featuring lower-priced cocktail gowns and separates.
This Colombian stunned the world by becoming the youngest designer to exhibit his work at the Fashion Week in New York, as well as the youngest to lead a fashion house, in front of Emanuel Ungaro.
Vogue described Christian Cota as the man “who knows his way around a dress that drapes and dazzles, slinks and shimmers.” While his career is young, his A-list clientele speaks volumes. Born and raised in Mexico City, Christian Cota was inspired by the style of his mother and grandmother. His career was kick-started in 1997 when he won first place in a Levi’s design contest.
Check out this Runway show featuring Spring/Summer Collection of 2015, the last runway walk of the legendary fashion designer, Oscar De La Renta:
Shirley Deyet is a Commercial Fashion Editor on Workingmomin20s.com - She studied at California State University, Los Angeles, where she majored in Communication Studies and earned a Certification in Retail Management and International Business. While studying abroad in Germany, she visited metropolitan European cities such as London, Paris, Milan, Berlin, Madrid, and Stockholm, where she became enchanted with the European’s high sense of style.