The first name in American elegance, Carolina Herrera has distinguished herself in the global fashion world with a style that exudes luxury, femininity, and impeccable taste. A true empress of style, she has inspired the likes of pop-art icon Andy Warhol and legendary Vogue editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland (who encouraged Herrera to open her fashion house in 1981) with a style that exudes luxury, femininity, and impeccable taste.
Carolina Herrera: 35 Years of Fashion, is the first book on her design career is to be released on the occasion of the house’s thirty-fifth anniversary. The first complete portrait of this influential designer s career, this monograph is both a celebration of three-and-a-half decades of the house s work and a look forward. Organized into chapters that highlight signatures of Herrera s work, the book illustrates the distinctive innovation and caliber of her designs (she is one of the few American designers who still employ couture-trained ateliers team). The text, by veteran fashion writer J.J. Martin, includes quotes by colleagues and friends, interviews, and behind-the-scenes reporting. In addition to archival images, the lavish visual materials include new photography of Herrera s work from her 1981 debut to the present. Art directed by Fabien Baron, this book is an exciting look at one of the leading figures in American fashion.”
The Carolina Herrera 35th anniversary celebration has Kloss at the U.S. embassy in Madrid for a party in the designer’s honor and her new book.
It was familiar terrain for the designer, who grew up in the comfort of Venezuelan aristocracy and was already consuming fashion at 13, when she attended a Balenciaga show in Paris. Even before her very own first show in 1981 in New York, Herrera was already a society fixture in the city, a regular at Studio 54 with her husband Reinaldo who was regularly photographed by everyone from Robert Mapplethorpe, who caught her glamorously in repose in Mustique in 1976, to Andy Warhol, who in 1979 traded her a bejeweled clutch in exchange for a portrait.