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Carolina Herrera: 'Stars want to look edgy on the red carpet'

Carolina Herrera: 'Stars want to look edgy on the red carpet'

Carolina Herrera has opened up about the challenges of dressing A-list stars.

The New York-based fashion designer, who has dressed the likes of Taylor Swift, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez and Emmy Rossum, shares that styling celebrities is no different from dressing anyone else.

"They are very insecure about what they are wearing," she told Pret-a-Reporter. "And I understand that because they have all the eyes of the world on them."

When challenged to name the three words that define the House of Herrera, the designer said: "Elegance, beauty, femininity."

However, she later stated that elegance may not be a quality that younger generations value.

"In, fashion, it changes. And at this moment, I think they don’t want to be called elegant, they want to be edgy," she explained, adding, "But on the red carpet, that does play. They don’t want anything shocking or very, very new."

In honour of the 35th anniversary of the designer's atelier, an exhibition titled Refined Irreverence has been installed at the Savannah College of Art and Design's Museum of Fashion and Film and SCAD's Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia. The exhibit features over 100 of Herrera's designs, with over 30 lent from Herrera's atelier and several from the personal wardrobes of pop star Lady Gaga, as well as actresses Renee Zellweger and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Of the retrospective, the 77-year-old designer shared she thought the institution "amazing" and was honoured to be recognised for her body of work, which is largely organised thematically into groupings of floral, monochromatic or bridal ensembles.

The first designs in the exhibit represent Herrera's signature look: the crisp white shirt. But many of the other garments shown had been created for celebrities, including the navy strapless silk faille dress worn by Sandra Bullock at the 2013 movie Gravity premiere in Tokyo and a print dress once worn by U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama.

Refined Irreverence is open to the public through to September 25 (16).

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