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Root Catalog > Default Category > Estevez, Luis

Luis Estevez was born in Havana, Cuba in 1930 to a family of sugar growers. Estevez was schooled in the USA and returned to Havana to study architecture. A summer job at Lord & Taylor in window display led him to a career in fashion. He apprenticed at the House of Patou in Paris to learn couture. In 1955, after returning to the United States, Estevez began designing under his own name for the manufacturer Grenelle. His first collection was an immediate success. In 1956, he became the youngest designer to win the Coty Award (the American Fashion Critics Award). His designs are slender and simple, with intricate revealing necklines. In 1968, Estevez moved to California, where he designed for various firms, television, and movies. He also produced custom-made clothing for Hollywood celebrities. During the 1970s he designed clothes for First Lady Betty Ford.