Speaker - Norma Kamali

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Known as an innovative designer who follows her own path, Norma Kamali is as passionate about creating timeless, influential pieces now as she was when she began her career more than 40 years ago.

Her inventive perspective has resulted in designs such as the iconic “Sleeping Bag Coat,” as well as a collection made from actual parachutes. She was the mastermind behind packable, multi-use clothing that can worn up to 30 different ways.

Ms. Kamali distributes her own line, OMO Made in the USA, to specialty stores around the world. Combining new technology and fashion has always been a fascination for Ms. Kamali. She was the first designer to create a virtual online store on eBay.

The Norma Kamali iPhone app, introduced in 2009, and Scanlife technology allow customers to shop from her flagship store’s window and throughout the store using 2D barcodes. Customers can scan the styles they want and have orders shipped overnight as part of the “Try Before You Buy” service on Ms. Kamali has received numerous awards for fashion design, architecture design, interior design, the creation of fashion video short stories and community public service. She has a plaque on the Fashion Walk of Fame.

In 2010, Norma received an honorary doctorate degree of fine arts from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). In November 2010, she was honored as one of WWD’s “100 Designers Who Shaped Fashion.” In 2011, the red Norma Kamali swimsuit that helped make Farrah Fawcett a 1970’s icon was donated to the Smithsonian.

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