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Nicole Miller : biography

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Nicole Miller (born 1952) is an American fashion designer, businesswoman who was born in Texas and raised in Lenox, Massachusetts.

Miller attended the Rhode Island School of Design where she earned a BFA in Apparel Design. Retrieved February 23, 2011. She studied for a year at L'Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture ParisienneBall, Aimee Lee, New York, March 8, 1993, pgs. 41-42. where she was trained to drape fabric and study the classical techniques of couture.Swimmer, Susan, "Nicole Miller," More, May 2009. Miller described her Parisian training as "intense," but explained that it gave her training in fabric manipulation, which became a signature of her designs.

Miller's first shop opened in 1986 on Madison Avenue. The brand has grown to 20 boutiques in major cities across the United States.Chaplin, Julia , Elle, November 2010. Retrieved February 23, 2011. and is sold in a number of high-end department stores. Miller designs an extensive collection for J.C. Penney and a home furnishing collection for Bed, Bath and Beyond.

Of her style, the designer has said: "I've always been downtown and uptown. I've had a lot of artist friends and I was always a little bit of a renegade."Johnson, Hilary, "A Fashionable Address," In Style, June 2000, p. 532 Her modern design aesthetic is known for its bright prints and patterns., New York. Retrieved February 23, 2011.

Television appearances

  • Iron Chef (2009) as a guest judge.
  • The Chopping Block (2009) as herself (Episode 3).
  • Holland's Next Top Model (2006) as a guest judge (Season 1, Episode 7).
  • America's Next Top Model (2004) as a guest judge (Season 3, Episode 7).
  • The Apprentice (2004) as herself.
  • Miss Universe Pageant (2002) as a guest judge.
  • The Price Is Right (2011) as a guest presenter.
  • Rocco's Dinner Party (2011) as a guest.
  • Love Broker (2012) as herself.

Young life

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Miller was raised in Lenox, Massachusetts. Her father and Parisian-born mother, met in World War II. Her father was an engineer at General Electric. Her father was great influence on young Miller; she attributes her ability to make clothing to her father's engineer-like mind. Miller said: "The way you figure out how to make something is engineering."

Her mother, on the other hand, "hated" living in America and insisted dressing her daughters in a French-influenced style. When Miller was asked by the Mattel toy company to design a Barbie doll, she claimed to have never owned a Barbie herself because her mother insisted that she and her sister play with French dolls.Lolla, Donna and Salkenstein, Jacklyn, "Barbie the Fashion Experience, Children's Museum of Indianapolis," December 19, 2009, pg. 2. Since December 2009 Miller's Barbie has been featured in an ongoing exhibit, Barbie: The Fashion Experience, at the The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Retrieved, February 27, 2011.


  • "Picture Me" (2009). Directors: Sara Ziff and Ole Schell. A documentary about the inside world of modeling. Miller appears as herself.

Personal life

Miller and her husband, financier Kim Taipale, were married in 1996 by then-New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. They have one son and divide their time between New York City's Tribeca neighborhood and a weekend home in Sag Harbor, NY.Sugi, Rima, American Fashion Designers at Home," Assouline Publishing Inc., 2010.

Miller is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America and serves on its board of directors. Nicole is an avid collector of contemporary art and French modern furniture. Her art collection includes work by Damien Loeb, John Stango, Ellen Gallagher, Andy Warhol and Le Corbusier.

Early career

After completing studies at the L'Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne and graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, Miller interned with legendary dress designer Clovis Ruffin in New York City. Miller began working as head designer at P.J. Walsh, a dress manufacturer. There, she was hired by the president of the company, Bud Konheim. Konheim said one of the reasons he hired Miller was for her belief that design and business can be successful combination. In 1982, Konheim started the company Nicole Miller with Nicole.McConnico, Patricia Busa , Texas Monthly, August 2000.

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