A Cuban-American Designer’s History – Narciso Rodriguez

A Cuban-American Designer’s History – Narciso Rodriguez

His name is Narciso, but he’s hardly what you could call a narcissist. For a man who dresses the stars, Narciso Rodriguez is rather modest, despite being a Hollywood red carpet and White House favorite. His name, though, is written in gold letters in the book of fashion design.

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An Exercise in Style: Narciso Rodriguez Exhibition at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum

An Exercise in Style: Narciso Rodriguez Exhibition at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum

Rodriguez’s work simply transcends fashion. The pieces featured flow perfectly with the paintings and sculptures that complement the exhibit. Rodriguez’s designs owe much to Cuban painters and Brazilian architects–he’s a declared fan of Oscar Niemeyer’s. But his couture is beyond a mere appropriation or a reference to others. His work, despite influences, stands by its own merit.

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Partners by Design: Isabel and Ruben Toledo

Partners by Design: Isabel and Ruben Toledo

Instead of competing, they complement each other, behaving as one. Ruben’s illustrations are often inspired in her designs and Isabel’s designs help her husband’s watercolors come to life. When she has an idea for a new design, she communicates it to him as a feeling; mostly using her hands. He rapidly translates her gestures into sketches. That’s what makes their clothing unique.

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