The Most Notable Latino Designers in the Fashion Industry

From iconic names to the up-and-comers, these are some of the most notable Latino designers in the fashion industry that deserve support (and applause) from everyone:

1. Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Herrera is the grand society dame of fashion. She has stood at the helm of her eponymous design house for thirty years, and in that time she has won countless awards for her elegant designs, including a lifetime achievement award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. She’s also known for her personal uniform, a crisp white button down.

As worn by: Renee Zellweger at the 2004 Oscars

Zellweger has dressed almost exclusively in Carolina Herrera for her red-carpet appearances over the last 15 years, but reached a fashionable peak in this graphic white gown the night she won the Oscar for Cold Mountain.

2. Gabriela Cadena

Gabriela Cadena

For this Ecuadorian designer, style is all in the details. Cadena’s dresses stand out for their delicate embroidery, sublime draping, interesting colors, and careful beading, fringe, or cut-outs. She made her New York Fashion Week debut in 2015, which means her amazing career is just beginning.

As worn by: Camila Alves at the 2014 Oscars

This blush pink gown, with structured shoulders and a sweeping cape, was nothing less than regal, putting Alves on most best-dressed lists that year and Cadena on the fashion map.

3. Narciso Rodriguez

Narciso Rodriguez

When wearing one of Rodriguez’s understated, sleek designs, you notice the woman before you notice her dress. The Cuban designer honed his talent at Anne Klein and Calvin Klein before launching his own line in the ‘90s, and he’s since branched into handbags, shoes, and fragrances in addition to his ready-to-wear collections.

As worn by: Salma Hayek at the 2003 Golden Globe Awards

Rodriguez designed Hayek's red hot, ultra sexy look which she slayed with at the 60th Annual Golden Globes.

4. Stella Nolasco

Stella Nolasco

You had better be bold if you want to wear a dress by Nolasco. Her designs are a celebration of all things sultry, with deep-V necklines, sheer panels, and playful expanses of skin. She is particularly beloved in her native Puerto Rico, where she keeps her boutique, but her dresses are popping up on plenty of red carpets as well.

As worn by: Eva Longoria at the 2014 ALMA Awards

Wowza! Longoria’s dress exemplifies the Nolasco aesthetic: electric turquoise, nearly-naked lace, and eye-popping embroidery. It’s an unforgettable pick for both of these ladies.

5. Maria Cornejo

Maria Cornejo

The Chilean designer isn’t afraid to play with silhouettes, from oversized blouses to boxy coats and fluttering sleeves. Another trademark of her clothes are dynamic patterns, particularly in her favorite palette of black and white.

As worn by: Solange Knowles at a performance in Brooklyn, 2013

For a night when she sand in an honest-to-goodness laundromat, the bolder Knowles sister wore an appropriately bonkers jumpsuit by Cornejo.

6. Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta

He designed for some of the most influential fashion houses on the planet before founding one himself, but de la Renta never forgot his roots in the Dominican Republic, where he lived until he was 18 and where he later served as an Ambassador at Large. He created unapologetically feminine, dramatic gowns, making any woman who wore one a showstopper.

As worn by: Sarah Jessica Parker at the 2000 Emmys

At the height of Sex and the City’s popularity, SJP wore a dress that was quintessentially de la Renta: theatrical, girlish, and completely unforgettable.

7. Isabel Toledo

Isabel Toledo

Always one to keep you guessing, the Cuban-born Toledo constantly experiments with construction, fabrics, and silhouettes. Her exaggerated designs serve as an excellent reminder that fashion should, above all, be really fun.

As worn by: Michelle Obama at the 2013 Inauguration

It’s tough to pull off a mustard-colored wool dress (and matching coat!), but if anyone is up to the challenge, it’s FLOTUS. Toledo’s textured ensemble was a perfect pick for such a big day—not to mention a cold one, as the event takes place in DC in January.

8. Rafael Cennamo

Rafael Cennamo

Since introducing his line in 2006, the Venezuelan and Italian designer has created a brand of otherworldly dresses in over-the-top, voluminous silhouettes. Cennamo’s audacious styles make him an appropriate pick for celebrities, especially pop stars, who often wear his line.

As worn by: Carrie Underwood at the 2009 Academy of Country Music Awards

Underwood’s colossal, wine-colored taffeta gown was so significant it wound up in the Country Music Hall of Fame.