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Carolina Herrera is a Venezuelan-American fashion designer known for her elegance and class in dressing celebrities around the world

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BirthdayJanuary 8, 1939
NationalityAmerican, Venezuelan
FamousVenezuelan Women, Fashion, Fashion Designers
SpousesGuillermo Behrens Tello, Reinaldo Herrera Guevara
Known asMaría Carolina Josefina Pacanins y Niño, María Carolina Josefina Pacanins y Niño, The Marquise consort of Torre Casa
Childrens Ana Luisa Behrens, Carolina Adriana Herrera, Mercedes Behrens, Patricia Cristina Herrera
Birth PlaceCaracas
Born CountryVenezuela
Height167cm
GenderFemale
FatherGuillermo Pacanins Acevedo
MotherMaría Cristina Niño Passios
Net Worth$130 Million as of March 9,2017
Sun SignCapricorn
Born inCaracas
Famous asFashion Designer

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Who is Carolina Herrera?

Carolina Herrera is a Venezuelan-American fashion designer, known for her elegance and class in dressing celebrities around the world. Born to a wealthy family and coming from a privileged background, her mother instilled in her passion and discipline that helped her transform into an elegant woman. During the seventies and eighties, she was quite well known in Venezuela because of the fact that she was considered to be one of the best dressed women in the country. Later, the family moved to New York where she decided to become a fashion designer. Despite not having any training as a designer she soon became very successful at it and was dressing some of the most famous women in the world which led to a huge boom in the popularity of her clothes. Since then, she has continued to expand her line of luxury products over the years to include perfume, cologne, wedding gowns, scarves, handbags and other accessories. Her company has emerged as one of the most successful fashion houses in New York. Her skills as a designer are well recognized as she has won a number of awards in the field. She has been able to build a brand that is very distinguished and well respected in the world of high fashion.

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Childhood & Early Life

She was born as María Carolina Josefina Pacanins y Niño on January 8, 1939, in Caracas, Venezuela, to Guillermo Pacanins Acevedo, an air force officer, and his wife, María Cristina Niño Passios. She was one of the four children of her parents.

She had a comfortable childhood, with a governess on hand and luxurious surroundings. Her mother and grandmother introduced her to the world of fashion, taking her to fashion shows in Paris and buying her outfits from reputed fashion houses.

As a child, she loved to sew clothes for her dolls but with age she became less interested in needlework. Later, she learned horse-riding and also became an avid reader.

Career

In the fall of 1980, she brought about 20 dresses,—which her dressmaker made for her in Caracas—to New York City. She borrowed the Park Avenue apartment of an acquaintance and invited her friends to have a look at them. She decided to start a business of selling dresses after getting a positive response from her friends.

In Caracas, she met Armando de Armas, a publishing tycoon, who offered to fund her and within months, a design atelier and showroom, Carolina Herrera Ltd., was opened in New York. In April 1981, her first full collection was showcased at the New York's Metropolitan Club.

In 1981, her friend Diana Vreeland, then Editor-in-Chief of ‘Vogue’, suggested that she should design a clothing line. She made some samples in Caracas, and displayed her collection at Manhattan's Metropolitan Club which received positive critical acclaim.

Her business started quite small with just a dozen employees but soon grew rapidly and the socialites who knew her became some of her first devoted customers. Women like Estee Lauder, a cosmetics tycoon, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the former First Lady, became her clients.

In the late 1980s, Spanish fragrance company ‘Puig’ licensed the name of ‘Carolina Herrera’ to develop and market a line of perfumes. In 1991, she created a top-selling men's scent, ‘Herrera for Men’, and regularly added new women's products to the line.

In 1995, the Spanish fragrance company ‘Puig’ acquired the Carolina Herrera fashion business and appointed her as its Creative Director.

In 2000, she opened her first store in Manhattan, and looked forward to expanding her business further into Europe. Within two years, she opened her first collection boutique outside of New York.

In 2008, she launched a ready-to-wear brand called CH Carolina Herrera. As on today there exist numerous Carolina Herrera and CH Carolina Herrera boutiques in the world.

Major Works

She was one of the first designers to make use of padded shoulders, believing that broader shoulders made a woman's waist appear smaller. Some of her most notable clients have been Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Duchess Diana de Melo, Michelle Obama, and actress Renée Zellweger.

Awards & Achievements

In 1972, she made her first appearance on the ‘International Best Dressed List’ and was elected to its Hall of Fame in 1980.

In 1997, she received the ‘Gold Medal’ from the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute.

In 2002, she became the recipient of ‘The International Center in New York's Award of Excellence’ as well as ‘Spain's Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts’.

In 2004, she was named the ‘Womenswear Designer of the Year’.

In 2008, she was awarded the ‘Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award’ from the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

In 2012, she was honored with the ‘Fashion Group International Superstar Award’ and the ‘Style Awards Designer of the Year’.

In 2014, she was presented with the ‘Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion’. She has been on the cover of ‘Vogue’ seven times.

Personal Life & Legacy

In 1957, she married Guillermo Behrens Tello, a Venezuelan landowner. They were blessed with two daughters, Mercedes and Ana Luisa. The couple divorced in 1964.

In 1968, she married Reinaldo Herrera Guevara, a magazine editor and the 5th Marqués of Torre Casa. They have two daughters, Carolina Adriana and Patricia Cristina.

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Carolina Herrera biography timelines

  • // 8th Jan 1939
    She was born as María Carolina Josefina Pacanins y Niño on January 8, 1939, in Caracas, Venezuela, to Guillermo Pacanins Acevedo, an air force officer, and his wife, María Cristina Niño Passios. She was one of the four children of her parents.
  • // 1957 To 1964
    In 1957, she married Guillermo Behrens Tello, a Venezuelan landowner. They were blessed with two daughters, Mercedes and Ana Luisa. The couple divorced in 1964.
  • // 1968
    In 1968, she married Reinaldo Herrera Guevara, a magazine editor and the 5th Marqués of Torre Casa. They have two daughters, Carolina Adriana and Patricia Cristina.
  • // 1972 To 1980
    In 1972, she made her first appearance on the ‘International Best Dressed List’ and was elected to its Hall of Fame in 1980.
  • // 1980
    In the fall of 1980, she brought about 20 dresses,—which her dressmaker made for her in Caracas—to New York City. She borrowed the Park Avenue apartment of an acquaintance and invited her friends to have a look at them. She decided to start a business of selling dresses after getting a positive response from her friends.
  • // 1981
    In Caracas, she met Armando de Armas, a publishing tycoon, who offered to fund her and within months, a design atelier and showroom, Carolina Herrera Ltd., was opened in New York. In April 1981, her first full collection was showcased at the New York's Metropolitan Club.
  • // 1981
    In 1981, her friend Diana Vreeland, then Editor-in-Chief of ‘Vogue’, suggested that she should design a clothing line. She made some samples in Caracas, and displayed her collection at Manhattan's Metropolitan Club which received positive critical acclaim.
  • // 1991
    In the late 1980s, Spanish fragrance company ‘Puig’ licensed the name of ‘Carolina Herrera’ to develop and market a line of perfumes. In 1991, she created a top-selling men's scent, ‘Herrera for Men’, and regularly added new women's products to the line.
  • // 1995
    In 1995, the Spanish fragrance company ‘Puig’ acquired the Carolina Herrera fashion business and appointed her as its Creative Director.
  • // 1997
    In 1997, she received the ‘Gold Medal’ from the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute.
  • // 2000
    In 2000, she opened her first store in Manhattan, and looked forward to expanding her business further into Europe. Within two years, she opened her first collection boutique outside of New York.
  • // 2002
    In 2002, she became the recipient of ‘The International Center in New York's Award of Excellence’ as well as ‘Spain's Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts’.
  • // 2004
    In 2004, she was named the ‘Womenswear Designer of the Year’.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, she launched a ready-to-wear brand called CH Carolina Herrera. As on today there exist numerous Carolina Herrera and CH Carolina Herrera boutiques in the world.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, she was awarded the ‘Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award’ from the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
  • // 2012
    In 2012, she was honored with the ‘Fashion Group International Superstar Award’ and the ‘Style Awards Designer of the Year’.
  • // 2014
    In 2014, she was presented with the ‘Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion’. She has been on the cover of ‘Vogue’ seven times.

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Carolina Herrera's FAQ

  • What is Carolina Herrera birthday?

    Carolina Herrera was born at 1939-01-08

  • Where is Carolina Herrera's birth place?

    Carolina Herrera was born in Caracas

  • What is Carolina Herrera nationalities?

    Carolina Herrera's nationalities is American,Venezuelan

  • Who is Carolina Herrera spouses?

    Carolina Herrera's spouses is Guillermo Behrens Tello, Reinaldo Herrera Guevara

  • Who is Carolina Herrera childrens?

    Carolina Herrera's childrens is Ana Luisa Behrens, Carolina Adriana Herrera, Mercedes Behrens, Patricia Cristina Herrera

  • How tall is Carolina Herrera?

    Carolina Herrera's height is 167

  • Who is Carolina Herrera's father?

    Carolina Herrera's father is Guillermo Pacanins Acevedo

  • Who is Carolina Herrera's mother?

    Carolina Herrera's mother is María Cristina Niño Passios

  • What is Carolina Herrera's sun sign?

    Carolina Herrera is Capricorn

  • How famous is Carolina Herrera?

    Carolina Herrera is famouse as Fashion Designer