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Michael Kors

Michael Kors is an American fashion designer, celebrated for his sports-luxe aesthetic, charity work, and outgoing personality.

  • Kors was born on August 9, 1959.

  • Kors' was born Karl Anderson. Kors' is the last name of his step father, Bill Kors. 

  • As a child Kors worked as a model, appearing in television commercials for Lucky Charms and Charmin' paper towels.

  • He gave up acting when he was 14, in order to follow his dream of becoming a fashion designer.

  • In 1977, he enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. He dropped out 9 months later, when he was offered the opportunity to sell his own designs at New York-based shop Lothars.

  • It was here that Dawn Mello, the former fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman, gave Kors the chance to show his collection to the buyers at Bergdorf Goodman. A deal was reached and within three years, Kors' collections were stocked in all major U.S, luxury outlets, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdales.

  • In 1979 he told the Pittsburg Post-Gazette: "I had no pre-conceived notions about what worked and what didn't. After (a year-and-a-half), I realized what kind of clothes I wanted to make, and that they worked. I always loved very simple, understated things." 1984 saw his first catwalk show.

  • In 1995 Kors told American Vogue: "I think that women are interested in fashion, but only if it works. They're looking for a new answer to an old question."

  • In 1997, Kors was made designer of the LVMH-owned French fashion house Céline, reviving the brand and turning around its fortune and public image with his progressive, accessory-driven collections.

  • 1999 saw LVMH buy a 33 per cent stake in Michael Kors' business and promoted him from designer to creative director at Céline.

  • He remained at Céline until 2003 when he left to fully concentrate on his own growing empire.

  • In 2003, Sportswear Holdings Limited acquired an estimated 85% stake in Michael Kors for $100 million dollars, buying out the shares formerly held by LVMH, Onward Kashiyama, and Kors' long-time business partner, John Orchulli.

  • In 2004 he launched his diffusion line MICHAEL Michael Kors, which offers lower-priced alternatives to his main line.

  • Kors was an esteemed judge on the hit US television series Project Runway for five seasons.

  • Throughout his career Kors has championed emerging talent, giving the likes of Derek Lam and Lazaro Hernandez (Proenza Schouler) internships at his brand.

  • He has collected many accolades throughout his career including: CFDA Womens wear Designer of the Year, 1999; CFDA Mens wear Designer of the Year, 2003; the Oliver R. Grace Award for Distinguished Service in Advancing Cancer Research, 2010; the Fragrance Foundation's FiFi Award for Lifetime Achievement, 2010; and the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award from the CFDA, 2010. He was the youngest ever recipient of the latter.

  • Kors married his long-term partner, Lance LePere, in August, 2011.

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