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Carolina Herrera

Robert Mapplethorpe, 04 Nov 1946 - 09 Mar 1989
Carolina Herrera, born 1939
Gelatin silver print
Image: 45.5 x 35.5cm (17 15/16 x 14")
Sheet: 50.2 x 40.1cm (19 3/4 x 15 13/16")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9cm (28 x 22")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; 2015 Portrait of a Nation Prize Recipient
Restrictions & Rights
© 1979 The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Inc.
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Exhibition Label
2015 Portrait of a Nation Prize Recipient
Carolina Herrera's interest in fashion dates back to her childhood, when she began making dresses for her dolls. Even at an early age, she was not afraid to experiment. As a friend recalled, "if the dress was supposed to button in the front, she would try it on backwards." Herrera was reared in a socially prominent family and married into wealth. For a number of years, the elegant flair of her wardrobe won her a place on the world's best-dressed list for women. In 1981 Herrera took the advice of friends and launched her own line of ready-to-wear women's clothing. The venture succeeded quickly, and today her designs are distinguished for their clean elegance of line, fine fabrics, and comfort. Herrera's noted clients have included Nancy Reagan, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Caroline Kennedy.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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