Michael Kors Biography:
Born Karl Anderson, Jr. on August 9, 1959 on Long Island, New York, Michael Kors knew at a very young age that he wanted to be a fashion designer. He began designing at 19, while he was attending the Fashion Institute of Technology. By 1981, people had already taken notice of his chic designs and began scooping them up for sale in such high-end department stores as Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. These clothes were sold under the newly-launched Michael Kors label.
Michael Kors Rise:
Kors was successful for many years but it wasn't until he was named the first-ever women's ready-to-wear designer for French house Celine in 1997 that his career truly took off into another stratosphere. His collection of clothes and accessories was innovative and drew much attention. But Kors longed to expand his own lines, including the new menswear collection he had launched in 1997. After his contract with Celine was up, he decided to do just that and hasn't looked back.
Michael Kors Commercial Success:
Television and film have been very good to Kors. With his designs appearing in movies like The Thomas Crown Affair and Oscar nominees wearing custom-made gowns in the red carpet, Kors' already stellar reputation continued to grow, and he was awarded with a seat on the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).
Kors also pens columns for Harper's Bazaar and is a judge on the reality hit Project Runway which has introduced the Michael Kors name to a whole new set of potential customers. Add that to his line of self-named boutiques and the expansion into perfumes, shoes and handbags, and it is evident that Kors has positioned himself to be a force in the global fashion scene for years to come.