Maria Carolina Josefina Pacanins Child, known as Carolina Herrera, is an American nationalized Venezuelan designer recognized internationally.
Carolina Herrera was born in Caracas, Venezuela, on January 8, 1939. It was named after her marriage with Reinaldo Herrera, editor of Vanity Fair in 1969. In 1971, at 32, already he appeared on the list of women best dressed world. He founded his own empire in 1981.
At age 42, when her daughters were not as small and was bored, he decided to enter the world of fashion. He held its first parade in 1981. Its success was such that the following year and wore the Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia, the Duchess of Feria, Countess Consuelo Crespi, Ivana Trump, Kathleen Turner and Nancy Reagan. He dressed for twelve years Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The brand ‘Carolina Herrera’ became the US subsidiary of Puig, Spanish fashion and perfume company.
In 1980, he presented his first fashion collection; in 1986, his first creations for bride; and in 1988, she went out her first perfume (both for women as for men). Established in New York since 1981, it is one of the biggest proponent of animal skins.
Since its first collection, the designer has had the approval and admiration of the American public. As a designer, he has been able to interpret the tastes and needs of a woman who loves luxury and elegance, away from the excesses. As an entrepreneur, he has gradually built a solid company that, since 2008, exported all over the world with 50 boutiques and distribution lines in 280 shopping centers in more than 100 countries. Many celebrities have their designs in their closets. Nicole Kidman, Anna Wintour, Renée Zellweger, Blake Lively, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Lady Gaga, Robert Pattinson, Matthew White, Salma Hayek and Ismael Cala are few. It also makes makeup and fragrances (sign 6 perfumes). It is declared as a simple woman, loving family and great housewife.
One of the latest awards he has received throughout his career has been the ‘Award for Entertainer of the Year 2014’ (Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion) of ‘The Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology’. Has other notable among them the Gold Medal of Fine Arts he received from the hand of His Majesty King Don Juan Carlos de Borbon in 2005, or the appointment of Mercedes Benz as’ Hostess Mercedes Benz ‘(2008) for his’ style , quality and innovative design. “
- Her father, Commander William Pacanins Acevedo, was Governor of Caracas between 1950 and 1958.
- Her grandmother introduced him to Balenciaga when she was 13 years old.
- Accustomed from childhood to wear haute couture, in her first dance wore a Lanvin dress.
- She was married in first nuptials with Guillermo Behrens Tello. With him she had her first two daughters.
- The small of her 4 daughters, Adriana, is his closest collaborator and has been the face of some of its perfumes.
- She is Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Convention against malnutrition.