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Carolina Herrera (Carolina Pacanins Nio de Herrera Guevara). Born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1939, she is a fashion designer and entrepreneur who founded her eponymous company in 1980 with great success. Based in New York since 1981, Herrera managed to qualify, throughout the 1970s and 1980s as one of the best dressed women in the world. Her empire grew so rapidly and steadily since its creation that she went on to dress Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis for the last twelve years of her life. She is married to Venezuelan socialite Reinaldo Herrera Guevara, son of fashion icon Mar
a Teresa (Mim) Guevara Pietrantoni de Herrera Uslar, by whom she had two daughters. She was previously married to Guillermo Behrens Tello, bearing him two daughters as well.

From 1965 to 1968, she worked for friend Emilio Pucci, a Florentine Marquess himself, in his Caracas boutique. After marrying Reinaldo, she assumed a jet-set lifestyle, regularly purchasing the latest styles from Yves Saint Laurent, Ungaro, Valentino, Walter Albini, Mila Schon, Zandra Rhodes and Armani. Frequently associating with the likes of Mick and Bianca Jagger and Andy Warhol, at Studio 54 and worldwide hot-spots, she became well-known for her impeccable and dramatic style. She first appeared on the International Best Dressed List in 1972, then was elected to its Hall of Fame in 1980. That year, her friend Diana Vreeland, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue suggested that Carolina design a clothing line. She did so, having samples made in Caracas, and showed them in a friend's apartment in New York. A well known Park Avenue boutique, Martha's, agreed to showcase her clothing in their prominent windows. Upon this initial success, she returned to Caracas and raised capital to fund a more formal launch. Her first runway show in 1980 included future supermodel Iman.

The company has been based in New York City since 1980, and in 1981 the brand received recognition from several key publications, including Women's Wear Daily and Tatler, with particular early attention to her well designed sleeves. A few of her most notable clients have included Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who asked her to design the dress for her daughter Caroline's wedding, Duchess Diana de Melo, and actress Renée Zellweger.  In the late 1980s, Spanish fragrance company Puig licensed the Carolina Herrera name to develop and market a line of perfumes. In 1995, the firm acquired the Carolina Herrara fashion business, retaining her as Creative Director.  In 2008, they launched a ready-to-wear brand called CH Carolina Herrera; as of 2012, there are 18 Carolina Herrera and CH Carolina Herrera boutiques in the world, and her lines are carried in 280 stores in 104 countries.  As of 2011, her daughters Carolina Jr. and Patricia Lansing participate in the creative direction and design.

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