Adolfo, 1933-

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Cuban-born Adolfo Sardiña, best known as Adolfo, began his successful fashion career in Paris as an apprentice to Balenciaga. American buyers admired his work and encouraged him to come to New York. In 1953, he became a designer for the milliner Emme. Adolfo hats earned him his first COTY Award in 1955.

In 1962, Adolfo started his own business. A few years later, on the theory that if he could design a hat he could design anything, Adolfo started making Chanel-inspired suits and unusual evening gowns. In 1969, he was presented with a special COTY Award for his contribution to design from head-to-toe. Adolfo carried this practice further in 1976, designing head-to-toe menswear looks for Leon of Paris.

“A person can look put together without appearing too rigid or too extravagant, “says Adolfo. “If people are astute enough to combine different clothes with flair and style, they can create their own fashion. We all must maintain the freedom to show off individuality. Fashion should be revolutionary, but always in the direction of good taste.” Adolfo clients include First Lady Nancy Reagan, Babe Paley, Gloria Vanderbilt and C.Z. Guest.


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Reagan, Nancy, 1921-2016 (1921 July 6-2016 March 6)

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