Narciso Rodriguez III is an American fashion designer. He grew up in Newark, New Jersey. He received his formal education at the New School in New York, studying at their art and design college, Parsons the New School for Design. Following freelance work in New York’s garment industry, he joined Anne Klein as Women’s Design Director under Donna Karan. Later, he moved to Calvin Klein where he worked on the Women’s Collection. In 1997 he launched his own label. His first major attention came when he designed the instantly-famous wedding dress of fellow Calvin Klein employee Carolyn Bessette Kennedy for her wedding to John F. Kennedy, Jr. In 2003, Rodriguez introduced a women's perfume with Shiseido's Beauté Prestige International division called, "For Her". His men's fragrance, "For Him", launched in July 2007. In May of 2007, Liz Claiborne acquired a 50% interest in the Narciso Rodriguez label. In 2008 Narciso Rodriguez bought the 50% interest back from Liz Claiborne for 12 million dollars.
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