Adolfo

Adolfo, 1923-2021, Cuban-American fashion designer, b. Havana, Cuba, as Adolfo Sardi�a. Adolfo came to New York in the 1950s, originally working as a milliner (hat maker/designer). He opened his first studio in 1963, becoming a favorite of the global elite, including society figures like Gloria Vanderbilt, Babe Paley, and even the Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Warfield. He turned from making hats to designing dresses and evening clothes, winning a Coty Award for his ready-to-wear line (1969). He also designed for Saks Fifth Avenue and other retail chains, and licensed his name to other makers for men's wear, fragrances, handbags, and other accessories. He reached the height of fame as Nancy Reagan's designer of choice during her husband's presidential years, designing her outfits for both of his inaugurals. He closed his salon in 1993, although his name continued to appear through licensed merchandise.

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