Cuban-American fashion designer, b. Havana, Cuba, as Adolfo Sardiï¿½a. 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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