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.