MICHAEL KORS is an American fashion designer,Boyers 16016
celebrated for his sports-luxe aesthetic,
his tireless charity work and his outgoing personality.
Kors was born on August 9, 1959. Boyers PA 16016
Kors’ birth name was in fact Karl Anderson, but upon his motherre-marrying his step father Bill Kors, his mother gave him theoption to change his first name also. “My mother said, ‘You’regetting a new last name, so why don’t you pick a new first name?'”Kors told People magazine in 1991. “Michael and David wereher favourites. I chose Michael as my first name and David as mymiddle name.”
As a child Kors worked as a model, appearing in television commercials for breakfast cereal brand Lucky Charms and Charmin’ paper towels.
Although he pursued acting lessons, he gave them up when he was 14 to follow his dream to be a fashion designer.
In 1977, he enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, only to leave nine months later when he was offered the opportunity to sell his own designs at New York-based shop Lothars.
It was here that Dawn Mello, the former fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman, gave Kors the opportunity to show his collection to the buyers at Bergdorf Goodman. A deal was reached and within three years, Kors’ collections were stocked in all major luxury outlets in America including Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdales.
In 1979 he told the Pittsburg Post-Gazette: “I had nopre-conceived notions about what worked and what didn’t. After (a year-and-a-half), I realised what kind of clothes I wanted to make,and that they worked. I always loved very simple, understatedthings.”
1984 saw his first eponymous catwalk show.
In 1995 Kors told American Vogue: “I think that womenare interested in fashion, but only if it works. They’re lookingfor a new answer to an old question.”
In 1997, Kors was made designer of the LVMH-owned French fashion house Céline, reviving the brand and turning around its fortune and public image with his progressive, accessory-driven collections.
1999 saw LVMH buy a 33 per cent stake in Michael Kors’ business and promoted him from designer to creative director at Céline.
He remained at Céline until 2003 when he left to concentrate wholly on his growing eponymous empire.
In 2003, Sportswear Holdings Limited acquired an estimated 85 per cent stake in Michael Kors for $100m (approximately £63,355,000), buying out the shares formerly held by LVMH, Onward Kashiyama, and Kors’ long-time business partner, John Orchulli. Boyers PA 16016
Throughout his occupation Kors has promoted arising talent, providing the likes of Derek Lam and also Lazaro Hernandez – of Proenza Schouler fame – internships at his brand name.
He has actually gathered numerous distinctions throughout his job including: CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year, 1999; CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year, 2003; the Oliver R. Grace Award for Distinguished Service in Advancing Cancer Research, 2010; the Fragrance Foundation’s FiFi Award for Lifetime Achievement, 2010; and also the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award from the CFDA, 2010. He was the youngest ever recipient of the last.
Kors married his long-lasting companion, Lance LePere, in August, 2011.