The Story

Born and raised in Venezuela, Carolina Herrera was exposed from early on to international culture and fashion. As she elegantly puts it: “My eye was accustomed to see beautiful things”.

“I have a responsibility to the woman of today — to make her feel confident, modern and above all else beautiful.”

Carolina Herrera

1980

Carolina Herrera makes the best dressed list

1981

With the encouragement of legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, Carolina Herrera shows her first collection at the Metropolitan Club in New York

1986

Carolina Herrera designs Caroline Kennedy’s wedding gown

1987

Carolina Herrera introduces her first bridal collection

1988

Carolina Herrera launches her first fragrance

1991

Carolina Herrera launches her first men’s fragrance, Carolina Herrera for Men. A fresh, masculine Eau de Toilette with tremendous character, imbued with charm and elegance.

“I have a responsibility to the woman of today — to make her feel confident, modern and above all else beautiful.”

Carolina Herrera

1996

Carolina Herrera De Baez joins as creative director at Herrera’s House of Fragrances

1999

Launch of 212 Men

2000

Carolina Herrera opens her first flagship boutique on Madison Avenue and 75th Street in a four story landmark building.

2001

Herrera introduces CH Carolina Herrera, a lifestyle collection with ready-to-wear and accessories for men, women and children, the first store opens in Madrid, Spain.

2004

Carolina Herrera receives the Council of Fashion Designers of America “Womenswear Designer of the year” and the Glamour “Woman of the Year award”

2007

CH Carolina Herrera fragrance is born.

The CH Carolina Herrera fragrance is an invisible accessory, the final touch, the last detail-the perfect balance between comfort and freshness. It is sensual and complex, and at the same time fresh and optimistic.

2008

The Council of Fashion Designers of America honors Carolina Herrera with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award

2010

Herrera receives the distinguished “Mercedes-Benz Presents” title for her Spring collection

2011

Carolina Herrera designs the dress Bella wears for her wedding to Edward in Twilight: Breaking Dawn 1

2011

Carolina Herrera launches her eyewear collection

2012

Herrera receives an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, NY

2014

Herrera receives The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion

2015

Carolina Herrera receives the 2015 Who’s On Next Fashion Icon Award in Madrid Spain, presented by Mario Testino

2015

Carolina Herrera launches fragrance collection, Herrera Confidential. Herrera Confidential effortlessly challenges both contemporary and traditional values, always staying true to the Herrera ethos: incorporating the most luxurious and natural fragrances, pushing scents to the limit and daring to explore the unexpected

2015

Carolina Herrera collaborates with internationally renowned photographer Mario Testino to create the brand’s first global advertising campaign covering all product categories from fashion and accessories to fragrances

2015

Carolina Herrera unveils the Spring 2016 Collection at The Frick Collection, marking the first fashion show at the venue