Michael Kors Biography
Michael Kors is a fashion designer from the United States. He is the honorary chairman and chief creative officer of the company, which sells men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, accessories, watches, jewelry, footwear, and fragrance. From 1997 to 2003, Kors was the first women’s ready-to-wear designer for the French fashion house Celine.
How old is Michael Kors? – Age
He is 62 years old as of 9 August 2021. He was born in 1959 in Long Island, New York, United States. His real name is Michael David Kors.
Michael Kors Family
His mother is Jewish, and his father is of Swedish ancestry. Joan Hamburger, a former model, and her first husband, Karl Anderson Sr., are his parents. When his mother married Bill Kors when he was five years old, his surname was changed to Kors. Karl’s mother told him he could choose a new first name, so he renamed himself, Michael David Kors. He grew up in Merrick, New York, and attended John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore, Long Island.
Is Michael Kors still married? – Wife
On August 16, 2011, Kors married his partner, Lance Le Pere, in Southampton, New York, in The Hamptons.
Is Michael Kors a Billionaire? – Net Worth
Kors amassed a personal fortune of more than $1 billion, according to Forbes in January 2014. Silas Chou and Lawrence Stroll were already “minted billionaires” by Michael Kors Holdings.
Michael Kors Career
Kors’ interest in fashion began when he was a child. His mother suspected that his affinity stemmed from his mother’s modeling career, which exposed him to the apparel industry. Kors began designing clothes and selling them as a teenager from his parents’ basement, which he renamed the Iron Butterfly.
He enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City in 1977. He dropped out after only nine months and went to work at Lothar’s, a boutique across from Bergdorf Goodman on 57th Street in Midtown Manhattan, where he started as a salesperson and eventually became the store’s designer and visual display head.
Kors debuted his Michael Kors women’s label at Bergdorf Goodman in 1981. KORS Michael Kors was launched as a licensee in 1990. A Chapter 11 filing in 1993, caused by the closure of KORS’ licensing partner Michael Kors, forced him to halt production of the KORS line. He was back on his feet by 1997, when he launched a lower-priced line and was named the first women’s ready-to-wear designer for French fashion house Celine. Kors turned Celine around during his tenure, with successful accessories and a critically acclaimed ready-to-wear line. Kors left Celine in October 2003 to focus on his own label. Kors debuted his menswear collection in 2002.
Nicole Kidman, Tiffany Haddish, Reese Witherspoon, Lupita Nyong’o, Olivia Wilde, Blake Lively, Kate Hudson, Jennifer Lawrence, Taylor Swift, Kate Middleton, Hillary Clinton, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Blunt, Kristen Stewart, Ariana DeBose, Vice President Kamala Harris, Heidi Klum, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sigourney Weaver, and Ciara are among those who have Michelle Obama wore a black sleeveless dress by Kors for her first term official portrait as First Lady, and she wore it again at the 2015 State of the Union address. Viola Davis accepted a Golden Globe for best supporting actress in a motion picture for her role in Fences while wearing a custom Michael Kors Collection gown.
Kate Hudson and Olivia Wilde both wore the designer’s gowns to the 2016 Golden Globes, and Emily Blunt, who was nominated for her role in Into The Woods, wore a white custom gown by the designer in 2015. Joan Allen wore his gown when she was nominated for Best Actress for her performance in The Contender. Kors designed many outfits for actresses to wear on screen as the creative director of Celine, including Gwyneth Paltrow in Possession and Rene Russo in The Thomas Crown Affair. On January 21, 2013, Alicia Keys wore one of his gowns to perform at Barack Obama’s inaugural ball.
Kors was a judge on the Emmy-nominated reality show Project Runway, which aired on Bravo for five seasons before moving to Lifetime. Kors announced her departure from Project Runway on December 18, 2012, to be replaced by fellow designer Zac Posen. Kors appeared as a guest judge on the season 15 finale of Project Runway in 2016.