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total recall: narciso rodriguez launches a book about his career so far


Yesterday evening, Narciso Rodriguez launched his new self-titled book, published by Rizzoli (with contributions from New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn, photographer Cindy Sherman, and artist Betsy Berne), in a corner of Bergdorf Goodman, where some of his collections are sold. Celebrity friends and fashion insiders in attendance took a stroll down memory lane with the designer, whose name over the past two and a half decades has become one of American fashion’s most recognizable signatures.

Julianna Margulies, Actress
I first met Narciso around 13 years ago when I was first on ER and he was designing for Cerruti. He was nominated for a CFDA Award and asked me to go with him. He made me this stunning dress. That was sort of our first date and we became good friends. I still have that Cerruti coat—and I wear it all the time—that I wore on our first CFDA Awards together. I would still wear the dress, too, except that he took it back because it had to go into some museum somewhere.

Robert Burke, Principal, Robert Burke Associates
Seeing him here, I remember eight years ago when my office was right there in that corner. This was back when Narciso smoked. He was smoking in my office, having a trunk show and a PA and a party here, all at the same time. He’s the same person as he was eight years ago, which is just wonderful.

Reed Krakoff, Creative Director, Coach
I’ve known Narciso for 21 years. He was my first boss, actually. I was an intern when I was at Parsons and he was design director at Anne Klein. So I’ve known him forever and he’s become a good, close friend. I think he will always be known for exquisite style, incredible precision, and amazing taste. He’s still pretty young, though, to be doing a book like this!

Linda Fargo, Senior Vice President, Bergdorf Goodman
Something that I always look for in a designer—and Narciso has it in spades—is a clear signature. He doesn’t have an identity crisis every season: He knows who he is. He refines himself, experiments in new materials. As a client, as a customer, as a cult—a Narciso cult!—person, you start to almost collect his pieces. He delivers so consistently.

Narciso Rodriguez
Doing a book like this, it’s a very emotional thing. You start to see how your work evolved: where the good parts were, where the hard times were, where the great times were. It’s a learning experience.

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