Norma Kamali, born Arraes (New York, June 27, 1945), is a well-known American designer
especially for the sleeping bag coat model and for the clothes made of
silk for parachute.
Of Lebanese and Basque origins by parents and belonging to the middle class of the city of New
York first aspires to become a painter. In fact, he studied illustration at the Fashion Institute of
Technology. After her studies, she worked as a freelance fashion illustrator for a year. From 1966 to
1967 also works for Northwest Orient Airlines.
In 1969 Kamali opens, together with her then husband, a boutique and becomes famous for her line of
clothing made of real parachute silk, innovative clothes also because they are adjustable in
length and fit by drawstring. Kamali designs the whole swimsuit in color
red worn by Farrah Fawcett in the famous poster from 1976. The costume was donated in
2011 at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. She is also credited with the
popularity of women's shoulder strap in the eighties. His works are part of the collections of the
Metropolitan Museum of Art. Kamali was the first designer to create an online store on eBay. In addition to the fashion design work, he has produced a line dedicated to fitness, health and beauty. In 2008 he designed a collection for the Walmart distribution chain.