Singing the Praises of Norma Kamali

Norma Kamali

Norma Kamali

The question isn’t who isn’t going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me?Norma Kamali

You may not know New York City fashion designer, Norma Kamali.  But at 71, she is ever a fashion influencer and inventor, pushing boundaries and bettering the lives of women. Here are some things to know about Norma Kamali – Allow me to sing her praises:

She has been in the fashion business since 1967

She has won awards for fashion, film, interior design, and architecture

She is known for ‘the sleeping bag coat‘ of the 1970s, shoulder pad trends of the 1980s, and her influential swimwear collection (she designed the iconic red one-piece swimsuit worn by Farrah Fawcett)

She loves denim and always has denim in her collections: “It’s American. And I am an American designer.”

She, in fact, is a jeans wearer and prefers jeans to the red carpet

She designed active wear long before it became ‘athleisure’

She created the Stop Objectification Campaign to build awareness of the universal objectification of women and with a goal to “free women of the stigma of those experiences that can take them down emotionally and spiritually, inhibiting their chances for reaching their true potential.”

She is committed to wellness as a lifestyle (something she learned from her mother!) and the power of meditation

Quite simply, Norma Kamali is a woman ahead of her time.



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Recently, my mother wore a sweater with detachable shoulder pads. The sweater looked wonderful and it was not the first time that my mom has led the way, nor the last, I am sure. I knew that I wanted to own a pair too. Since then I have been searching in vain for shoulder pads, trying every department store and boutique. They were nowhere to be found until today. I googled shoulder pads and found them … where else? …

If you have been around long enough to remember the ’80’s, then you will certainly remember shoulder pads and the impact they had on fashion …

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