Fashion Biography

Norma Kamali, Fashion Designer

1964: norma kamali graduates from the fashion institute of technology in new york with a bfa degree in fashion illustration. 1968: opening of kamali shop at 229 east 53rd street in new york. First designs feature elaborate appliques, lizard and leather patches, snakeskins and tee shirts with rhinestone studs.
1969/70: magazine editorials, of norma kamali original designs, help develop consumer awareness and demand for her creations.
1974: kamali shop moves to madison avenue. Parachute clothing designed from real silk parachutes
1975: first sleeping bag coat designed.
1977: cosmopolitan swimsuit cover by francesco scavullo on christie brinkley features the pull bikini creating an international demand and launches norma kamali in the swimwear business.
1978: omo(on my own) norma kamali opens at 6 west 56th street.
original costumes designed for the emerald city in sydney lumet"s film the wiz.
diana vreeland includes norma kamali parachute designs in the vanity fair exhibit at the metropolitan museum of art and is in the museum"s permanent collection.

1980: designs a fashion at a price collection featuring the sweatshirt collection and signs a licensing agreement to manufacture the line.
1981: norma kamali receives coty award for design innovation.
1982: norma kamali receives coty award for women"s fashion design.
signs licensing agreement with renown to begin distribution of norma kamali designs in japan and the orient.
1983: coty hall of fame award.
cfda award for outstanding women"s fashions for 1982.
ernie awards (earnshaw review) for outstanding children"s sportswear design.
best five tokyo fashion show from world capitals at the invitation of fairchild publications.
omo norma kamali opens at 11 west 56st street as world headquarters for retail store, design studio, showroom and administrative offices .

1984: fall fantasy video directed and produced by norma kamali pioneers an important trend in fashion merchandising.

Fidm award from fashion institute of design and merchandising in los angeles.
1985: cfda award for innovative use of video in presentation and promotion of fashion.
norma kamali directs fashion aid video for new york honorary committee designer in a benefit for live aid foundation fundraiser by fashion industry.
receives 6th annual interiors award for best retail design from interiors magazine.
launch of the norma kamali fragrance collection in exclusive distribution. The fragrance is created in two parts: perfume and incense, formulated for both men and women. The fragrances can be applied separately or layered together.
1986: new york fashion group honoree in a salute to women who have made a difference in the fashion industry.
recipient of three best category awards at first annual video awards and a special community service award for the fashion aid video.
introduced video catalog.

Designs costumes for twyla tharp dance in the upper room.

Receives distinguished architecture award for new york chapter american institute of architects for the norma kamali building at 11 west 56th street in nyc.
1987: norma kamali signs agreement in italy to begin european distribution of her designs.
unique licensing between a designer and department store. Bloomingdale"s and norma kamali launch an exclusive collection as part of a licensing agreement. An innovation in retailing, the store is the manufacturer of kamali"s exclusive private collection of designer clothing.
the video sweet dreams, written and directed by norma kamali, was specifically designed for the bloomingdale"s collection launch.
1988: norma kamali honored by the public education association of new york as outstanding graduate. Norma kamali is a native new yorker and graduated from the washington irving high school in nyc.
granted award of merit in the video culture international video competition for the reading of the will, written and directed by norma kamali.
norma produces a photomatic catalog with the use of still photos shot by norma kamali of the spring 1989 collection in coney island. The video photomatic provides an album of postcards from coney island.
First home collection opens including furniture, fabrics and home fragrance. Omo home kamali"s last architectural venture of creating the facade and interior for the norma kamali building, at 11 west 56th street, provided the real base for further design exploration in shapes and forms for the home and it"s furnishings.
1989: norma receives the american success award for vocational technical education (fashion institute of technology) presented by president george bush in the rose garden at the white house.
Fimat le fete international the largest international fashion show ever presented in tokyo featuring world famous designers from five fashion capitals.

Norma kamali presented twenty five wedding gowns.
1992: first eyewear collection.

Worldwide distribution expansion of swimwear collection.
pin up advertising billboard campaign and
Launch of new label 1 800 8 kamali.
Introduction of omo gym athleticwear collection. The collection is inspired and designed to fit the needs of women"s active lifestyles in the 90"s.
1994: norma kamali launches norma kamali beauty, created with a revolutionary concept in skin care and cosmetics. The concept conditions and enhances the skin to replace foundation. The line is launched through direct marketing with norma kamali beauty partners.

1995: norma kamali honored as the 1995 commencement speaker for the fiftieth anniversary of the fashion institute of technology in new york.
norma kamali launches a modern collection of essential pieces in poly jersey to create a year round wardrobe for any situation and any time of day.

the collection is concise and practical for travel, no wrinkling and quick drying when washed either by hand or machine. And the norma kamali sack bag, made of the same fabric, can hold weekend outfits or even a full collection of up to 20 flat, rolled pieces.

Norma kamali presents the fall 1996 collection as a worldwide virtual reality experience through a simultaneous broadcast exhibition for the internet.
www.omo norma
Is created, featuring norma kamali"s collections online
norma kamali designs costumes for twyla tharp"s new company ,tharp!, including the new productions sweet fields and route 66.
1997: washington irving high school inducts alumnus norma kamali in their hall of fame honoring distinguished alumni who have contributed to the arts.
norma kamali organizes students of washington irving high school"s art house, her alma mater, to form a business in order to learn while still in school the importance of art and commerce as a livelihood washington irving high school enterprises is a business formed by the students of the art house.
norma kamali receives the youth friends award for outstanding personal achievement and interest in education, presented annually by the school art league to an artist that has contributed to young adults realization of their own potential as professional visual artists.
1998: direct marketing through the internet. Clients worldwide use the shop like a celebrity service, which enables them to receive a box of clothes at either their home or office on spec, after photos, videos and a personal shopper assists in the selection.

the 1.800.8.kamali collection, poly jersey, beauty, fragrance, active wear, suits, dresses and swimwear are all available through the internet. Clients can fill out a customer profile online or e mail omo for a quick response.
Expands its service, opportunities and information.
Is set up by norma kamali for the public schools to exhibit students" artwork, fashion and poetry.

Norma kamali receives the 1999 pencil award for extraordinary commitment to new york city public school education.

The lower east side girls" club presents norma with the willow award, celebrating the achievements of women.

The norma kamali living rubber collection is introduced. A mood ring crystal coated fabric that changes colors, living rubber introduces a new technology that promotes invention in fashion.

Norma kamali receives the fashion outreach style award for continued work in design innovation as well as work with new york city public schools.
Has evolved into a norma kamali website directory, a guide through all seven norma kamali linked sites. Information on the beauty and fragrance lines, as well as a biography, how to shop like a celebrity, the client profile form, press clippings and job opportunities. You can e mail norma kamali directly for a personal response.



Sleeping bag coat

This site catalogs the designer collection, from special groups to one of a kind items.

It"s a great place to order a wedding gown, and shop like a celebrity is a great opportunity to bring the gown home, on approval, for 48 hours to try on for your friends before you buy it.

Norma kamali is known as an innovator in the swimwear industry. Her extensive swim line is catalogued along with press clippings, and the guide how to choose a swimsuit, written by norma kamali, to help clients find the best swimsuit.

The best place to try swimsuits is at home, alone, and there are also instructions on how clients can do this through the shop like a celebrity service.

After 48 hours, the client is charged only for what she keeps. Fed ex picks up the returned items.
The entire

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