Art Hearts Fashion Week 2015 – Nicole Miller Collection
After completing studies at the L’Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienneand graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design,Miller interned with legendary dress designer Clovis Ruffin in New York City. Miller began working as head designer at P.J. Walsh, a dress manufacturer. There, she was hired by the president of the company, Bud Konheim.Konheim said one of the reasons he hired Miller was for her belief that design and business can be successful combination.In 1982, Konheim started the company Nicole Miller with Nicole.
In 1986, Miller opened her first shop on Madison Avenue. Miller’s fashion line launched in the mid 1980s with a conversational print men’s tie collection that became a hit in the fashion world for a number of years.Miller made headlines in September 1998 by presenting her spring 1999 clothing line one week ahead of her French counterparts, becoming the first American to do so.
In 2002, Miller designed costumes for the Houston-based Stages Repertory Theatre production of García Lorca’s "Blood Wedding,"
In a departure from designing adult fashions, Miller designed a Sesame Street line of clothing for babies and toddlers in 2004. She also created a line of makeup products for Melaleuca.
Since 2005, Miller has designed a line of affordable clothes, handbags, footwear, fashion jewelry and other accessories for J.C. Penney. J.C. Penney credits this collaboration as result of extensive customer input. Miller also designs a home furnishings collection that is distributed through Bed Bath and Beyond.
Celebrities of varying ages including Anjelica Huston,Beyoncé Knowles, Angelina Jolie,Brooke Shields,LeAnn Rimes,Lauren Hutton, Jennifer Stone, Susan Sarandon and Eva Longoria have worn, and continue to wear, her designs. Miller designed clothes for singer Cyndi Lauper’s world tour.She created gowns for Sheryl Crow to wear at the Grammys.
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