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BL's Top 5- Latin fashion designers

by Irma Sanchez

This week’s Top list will focus on the Top 5 Latin Fashion Designers

1.  Oscar de la Renta

This legendary designer, who was born in San Domingo, Dominican Republic, has designed for labels such as Balenciaga and Elizabeth Arden. He launched his own label in 1965 and has won a few awards such as Council of Fashion Designers, and Designer of the Year Awards in 2000 and 2007.

2. Carolina Herrera

This legendary designer was born in Caracas, Venezuela and founded her NY-based company in 1980. She won the Womenswear Designer of the Year in 2004 and the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. Her clients include Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Renee Zellweger.

3. Narciso Rodriguez

He is an American designer of Cuban descent who grew up in Newark, New Jersey. He was a designer for Anne Klein and then Calvin Klein before launching his own label in 1997. His clients include Michelle Obama, Selma Hayek, and Sarah Jessica Parker.

4. Carlos Miele

Brazil’s most famous designer made his debut at London Fashion Week on-schedule show during the Spring 2002 season. His clients include Eva Longoria, Camilla Belle, and many others.

5.  Victor de Souza

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Victor made his debut at Paris Fashion Week in 2002, and after working for various labels he started his own collection in 2002. His list of clients includes Jessica Biel, Jennifer Lopez, and Lady Gaga.

References: Fox News, Remezcla

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

To learn more about Adriana’s education consulting company, please visit

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.


  1. I believe we don’t know much about well known designers and fashion industry in Latin America. I see most of them look young and energetic. This is a trusted site to people who needs information about fashion in the South America countries.Thanks

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