No other fashion designer perfected the concept of chic yet luxurious American sportswear quite like Michael Kors. Since launching his eponymous collection in 1981, Kors' designs were worn by anyone w...
Long Island, New York, USA
|Project Runway||2012 2003 - 2012||Actor||Judge||20127|
|Project Runway: All-Star Challenge||2008 2007 - 2008||Actor||Judge||20087|
|Oprah's Favorite Things||2012 2011 - 2012||Actor||n/a||20127|
|20/20||2013 1976 - 2013||Actor||Interviewee||20137|
|Golden Hanger Awards||1999 1998 - 1999||Actor||n/a||19997|
|Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's||2013||Actor||Himself||20137|
|Gossip Girl||2012 2006 - 2012||Actor||n/a||20127|
|Fashion Rocks||2007 2006 - 2007||Actor||Presenter||20077|
|The 18th Annual American Fashion Awards||1998 1997 - 1998||Actor||("Women's Wear Designer of the Year")||19987|
|Great Things About the Holidays||2005 2004 - 2005||Actor||Interviewee||20057|
|The VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards||2001 2000 - 2001||Actor||n/a||20017|
|Secrets of the National Enquirer||1993 1992 - 1993||Wardrobe||(Beverly Johnson)||1|
|Seventh Avenue||Wardrobe||fashion show wardrobe provider||1|
|The Thomas Crown Affair||1999||Other||fur provider(Pologeorgis Furs)||1|
|Began designing and merchandising a collection for the famed local boutique, Lothar's|
|Became a regular Judge on Bravo's hit reality series "Project Runway"; show began airing on Lifetime in 2009|
|Launched his menswear line|
|Launched his lower-priced collection, KORS Michael Kors in the early 1990s|
|Was the designer and creative director for the French fashion house Celine|
|Launched the Michael Kors womenswear line, which sold at Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman, Lord & Taylor, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue|
|Launched Michael By Michael Kors|
Born on Aug. 9, 1959 in Long Island, NY, Michael Kors' first fashion influence was his mother, Joan Kors, who encouraged the then-budding designer to sketch at an early age. She even asked Kors to design her wedding dress when she remarried. Kors attended The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and at age 19, began designing and merchandising a collection for the famed local boutique, Lothar's. The success of the collection caught the attention of the fashion press, prompting him to create the Michael Kors label in 1981 - a collection of minimalist yet luxurious American classics for women that was sold in high-end designer stores. The line was an instant hit with the Park Avenue crowd, and set the wheels in motion for the rest of the world to get onboard Kors' vision of chic, timeless sportswear.
In the early 1990s, Kors launched his lower-priced collection, KORS Michael Kors. During this time, he also worked as the creative director of the French fashion house, Celine. Through the years, Kors earned numerous accolades including the prestigious CFDA Award for Womenswear Designer of the Year in 1999. The CFDA recognized Kors contribution to fashion once again in 2003 with the Menswear Designer of the Year award. Kors continued to expand his brand by launching a full range of women's accessories and menswear that were embraced by trendsetters all over the world, including celebrity style icons Madonna and Gywneth Paltrow. He even designed First Lady Michelle Obama's dress - a classic black shift dress -for her first official portrait in 2009.
While Kors' sporty-yet-feminine designs were a favorite among the fashion elite, the openly gay designer did not become part of the mainstream consciousness until he became a judge on the smash hit reality series "Project Runway," where aspiring designers competed for a $100,000 cash prize and a chance to break into the fashion industry. The show gained the perennially tan Kors an entirely new kind of audience and made him a household name, thanks to his humorous albeit stinging critiques of the contestants' designs such as "She looks like a paper brioche!" or "She looks like a pole dancer in Dubai."
Throughout his career, Kors stayed true to his design aesthetic of making clothes that were all at once chic and sumptuous. In response to a growing demand for sophisticated yet accessible fashion, in 2004 he launched Michael By Michael Kors, which featured pieces that cost between $79 and $800. Kors continued to build his fashion empire, reportedly worth almost $1 billion in sales in 2011, by launching collections that embodied the spirit of the times, such as his back-to-nature-themed spring collection that incorporated hemp and other sustainable fabrics.
|Lance LePere||Husband||Married his longtime partner in Southampton, NY on Aug. 16, 2011|
|John F. Kennedy High School|
|Fashion Institute of Technology|
|The CFDA recognized Kors contribution to fashion once again in 2003 with the Menswear Designer of the Year award.|
|He changed his name to Michael David Kors at the age of five, when his mother remarried.|
|Kors earned numerous accolades including the prestigious CFDA Award for Womenswear Designer of the Year in 1999.|
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