Norma Kamali

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Norma Kamali
Born (1945-06-27) June 27, 1945 (age 73)
New York City, United States
Occupation fashion designer
Years active 1968-present

Norma Kamali (born June 27, 1945 in New York City) is an American fashion designer based in New York City of Lebanese and Basque Spanish descent. She is best known for the "sleeping bag" coat, garments made from silk parachutes, and versatile multi-use pieces.[1] She designed the red one-piece bathing suit worn by Farrah Fawcett in the iconic 1976 Charlie's Angels poster.[2] The suit was donated to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in 2011.[3] She is also credited with popularizing the shoulder pad in womenswear in the 1980s.[4] Her work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.[5]

Kamali was the first designer to create an online store on eBay.[1] In addition to designing clothing, she has also produced a fitness, health and beauty line.[6] In 2008, Kamali produced a collection for Walmart.[7]

Kamali attended the Fashion Institute of Technology[8] and received an honorary doctorate from the institution in 2010.[9] Kamali has received Coty awards, CFDA awards, and a plaque on the Fashion Walk of Fame.[7] She received the CFDA Board of Directors Special Tribute Award in 2005.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Norma Kamali | Council of Fashion Designers of America". 2010-09-07. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  2. Dodes, Rachel (2009-06-25). "Norma Kamali, Designer of Swimsuit from Farrah Fawcett Poster, Remembers the Star - Speakeasy - WSJ". Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  3. Moss, Hilary (2011-02-02). "Farrah Fawcett's Red Swimsuit Goes To Smithsonian (VIDEO)". Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  4. "Index Magazine". Index Magazine. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  5. "The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Collections". Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  6. post a comment › (2011-06-21). "Norma Kamali Resort 2012 Collection on Runway Review". Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Sidewalk-Catwalk". Sidewalk-Catwalk. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  8. "Norma Kamali: Wowing Seventh Avenue Has Been No Sweat for Fashion's Greta Garbo". PEOPLE magazine. 1982-12-27. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  9. "Norma Kamali". Retrieved 2012-02-21. 

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