Celebrated Fashion Designer Nicole Miller to Receive 2013 Spirit of Design
Award at the Philadelphia University Fashion Show on Saturday, April 27
PHILADELPHIA, March 13, 2013
The gala event will take place at Philadelphia's historic Academy of Music as
part of The Verizon Philadelphia University Evening of Innovation.
PHILADELPHIA, March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Celebrated fashion
designer Nicole Miller will receive the 2013 Spirit of Design Award at the
Philadelphia University Fashion Show on Saturday, April 27, at 6 p.m. at
Philadelphia's historic Academy of Music.
Nicole Miller apparel and accessories are sold in her namesake boutiques
around the world and at high-end retailers Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue,
Nordstrom and Bloomingdales. Her designs have been praised in the pages of
Vogue, W, Elle, InStyle and numerous other publications, including The New
York Times, which called Miller one of the leading female designers of her
With a contemporary style that draws on a wide range of influences, Miller's
designs are known for their whimsical prints and attention to perfect
proportions and fit. A virtual who's who of Hollywood have worn Miller's
designs, including celebrities Beyonce, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Helen
Hunt, Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett, Susan Sarandon, and Eva Longoria.
"Philadelphia University is pleased to present the 2013 Spirit of Design Award
to Nicole Miller," said Clara Henry, director of the University's Fashion
Design Program. "She connects with a broad range of customers, and her
body-conscious designs are artfully shaped to best flatter a women's body."
"Nicole Miller also is known for developing innovative textiles for her
collections and for her fanciful, bright prints for men's ties." Henry
said."She is an inspiration and role model for our students, who are the next
generation of fashion designers, and we look forward to honoring her at the
2013 Fashion Show."
Miller earned a B.F.A. in apparel design from Rhode Island School of Design
and studied at the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne in
Paris, after which she served an apprenticeship with designer Clovis Ruffin.
Miller later worked as head designer at P.J. Walsh before starting her
eponymous company with Bud Konheim in 1982. The two have remained business
partners since then and Konheim will receive a Leader of Innovation Medal as
part of the Evening of Innovation program.
Over the years, Miller's success has expanded from apparel to wedding
collections, home furnishings, fragrances, lingerie, swimwear, handbags and
other lifestyle items. She was one of the first high-fashion designers to
create collections for mass-market retail, collaborating with jcpenney and
Bed, Bath and Beyond. She has presented her designs at New York Fashion Week
every year since 1990.
Miller's first big hit came from an unlikely source. After opening her first
boutique on Madison Avenue in New York, Miller and Konheim considered what to
do with an underperforming silk dress with a theater tickets print. The
answer: a men's tie, and Miller was able to make 36 of them with the fabric
from the dresses—one of which she gave to Konheim as a present.
Meanwhile, a security guard at the boutique who also worked at the
Metropolitan Opera showed one of the ties to the buyer at the opera gift shop,
who showed up the next day to purchase the remaining 35 ties. Within two
years, Miller was running a $12 million a year tie business.
For more information on Miller, visit her website at www.nicolemiller.com.
The Spirit of Design Award is presented annually at the Philadelphia
University Fashion Show to a prominent and influential designer. This
prestigious award, first given in 2002 to renowned designer Geoffrey Beene, is
presented to those who have made outstanding contributions to design and the
fashion industry and who have served as inspirations to fashion design
students and young designers.
Other awardees have included Tommy Hilfiger, whose preppy, trendy style is
popular worldwide; acclaimed menswear designer John Varvatos; Francisco Costa,
celebrated women's creative director of Calvin Klein Collection; Mary
McFadden, known for her goddess-like couture gowns; and Philadelphia
University Fashion Design alumni William Calvert, a couturier known for his
exquisitely beautiful dresses and wedding gowns; and Jay McCarroll, the first
winner of Project Runway.
Philadelphia University's Fashion Show, which is part of The Verizon
Philadelphia University Evening of Innovation, is an annual event that
showcases the best of each year's fabulous, colorful, creative and innovative
student fashion designs. Each year, a sold-out crowd of some 2,300 students
and their families, faculty members, designers and fashion and apparel
industry professionals turn out for the professional runway show.
Tickets to the Philadelphia University Fashion Show are available at
http://kimmelcenter.org/events. Media representatives should contact Debbie
Goldberg, at GoldbergD@philau.edu or 215-951-2718, for tickets.
Philadelphia University, founded in 1884, is a private university with 3,600
students enrolled in more than 60 undergraduate and graduate programs. As the
model for professional university education, the University prepares students
to be leaders in their professions in an active, collaborative and real-world
learning environment infused with the liberal arts. Philadelphia University
includes the innovative Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce;
the College of Architecture and the Built Environment; and the College of
Science, Health and the Liberal Arts. For more information, go to
SOURCE Philadelphia University
Contact: Debbie Goldberg, Director of Media Relations, GoldbergD@philau.edu,
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