As a South American designer, I have great admiration for female artist who have been able to make it outside their country. Carolina Herrera is such a woman. Traditionally, although this is changing more and more, the role of women has not been one of an entrepreneur. Against all odds, Carolina Herrera broke many rules, and here is her success story.
|Carolina Herrera, fashion icon|
Carolina Herrera was born Maria Carolina Josefina Pacanins y Nino in 1939 in Caracas, Venezuela. She was the second child of four born to Guillermo and Maria Cristina Pacanins. Herrera descends from a long line of Venezuelan landowners and statesmen, and was raised as a socialite. At 13, she attended her first couture show, Cristobal Balenciaga, in Paris, France with her grandmother. Carolina grew up in a world where women only wore couture.
|Portrait of a young Carolina Herrera|
by her friend Andy Warhol
This portrait still hangs in her office to this day
|Carolina as a teen in Venezuela|
|Young Carolina, always stylish|
|Gorgeous bride by Carolina Herrera|
|Carolina at work|
|At the 2004 CFDA awards|
with Beyonce in her design.
|Carolina Herrera and actres Renee Zellweger|
|Carolina and her daughter Carolina Jr.|