AKA Adolfo Sardiña
Birthplace: Cardenas, Cuba
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Fashion Designer
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Designer favored by Nancy Reagan
Military service: Cuban Army
Emigrated to New York, 1948. He gained a reputation early on as an exceptional hat designer. Later he was known as a "copier" of Coco Chanel (at a time when that company was out of favor), though he insists it is usually Chanel copying him. Introduced by Betsy Bloomingdale to Nancy Reagan in 1967, by the 1980s Adolfo's business was given huge boosts as the now-First Lady was seen wearing many of his dresses.
Adolfo retired from designing in 1993, switching emphasis to licensing.
High School: St. Ignacio de Loyola School, Havana (Jesuit)
Council of Fashion Designers of America 1982
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