This year Nicole Miller celebrates her 20th anniversary as a principal of America’s design elite. Her following is celebrity driven and far-reaching thanks to elegant designs that appeal to an array of customers. Established actresses Kim Cattrall and Jennifer Aniston and up-and-comers like Hillary Duff and Mena Suvari all wear and love Nicole Miller designs.
With degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design and the prestigious Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris, Nicole Miller has an enviable background in both art and couture. Her clothing is marked by the duality of her experience; beautifully cut garments are highlighted by exquisitely drawn prints.
Ms. Miller has always operated in unique and original ways. From her first “hip smock dress” in 1982, she has set the pace for her contemporaries, inspiring design revolutions. In 1986 she opened her first boutique to better serve her loyal customers and in doing so catalyzed a trend for independent designers wanting creative freedom from department stores. Ten years later, Miller put actresses, instead of models on the fall runway. Minnie Driver, Gretchen Mol and Jill Hennessy among others, made “Fashion Week” history. Shortly following her show, the trend of “actresses as models” emerged, as movie stars began replacing traditional models both in print and on the runway.
Through carving her niche in the fashion world, Nicole Miller has become known for her other interests and hobbies. Miller, always a veritable host, is in the process of penning a book on the art of entertaining and cuisine. She also emphasizes charitable giving and raises money for many Manhattan based and National charities. A proud New Yorker, Miller was heard as one of the “Buckle Up for Safety” voices in the classic New York City icon, the Manhattan taxi cab.
A true American designer, Nicole Miller reinvented the “little black dress” and became well known for her whimsical, conversational prints as well as fragrances such as the original Nicole perfume and Nicole Miller perfume. Today, the label has grown to include cosmetics, home furnishings, menswear, eyewear, handbags, outerwear, hosiery, kids, shoes, sleepwear and jewelry. The company boasts thirty freestanding NICOLE MILLER boutiques throughout the United States, each of which serves as a showplace for Nicole Miller and the lifestyle that she represents. A pioneer in such “Meccas of shopping” as Soho in New York City, Miller’s boutiques always reflect her effervescent personality and flair for the original, unique and always unpredictable.