Catherine Malandrino

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Catherine Malandrino
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Catherine Malandrino - Fashion Designer
Grenoble, France
OccupationFashion designer

Catherine Malandrino is a French fashion designer.[1] She resides between New York City, and Paris


For more than 20 years, the designer Catherine Malandrino was the face that embodies femininity and strength. Bridging the style of Paris, the romance of province and the energy of New York together, the Catherine Malandrino voice was embraced by women of style all around the world.[2]

Born in Grenoble, in the French Alps, Catherine Malandrino was passionate from a very young age, sketching and draping dresses as a child. She began her professional career as a valedictorian from Esmod, a renowned French academy in the heart of Paris. After finishing her studies, Malandrino worked as a designer for couture fashion labels such as Dorothee Bis, Louis Feraud and Emanuel Ungaro, before the French label “Et Vous” hired her as creative director in the mid 90’s. Then in 1998, Malandrino went on a business trip for “Et Vous” where she discovered and fell in love with a man and New York, which proved to be a further auspicious step in Catherine Malandrino’s wondrous career.[3]

A few months later Malandrino moved from Paris to New York and met with Diane von Furstenberg who offered her the position of senior designer and creative director of the re-launched house.[4] At the same time Catherine became a member of NY Fashion week. She was ready to express her own aesthetic by marrying her skill of draping with unique craftsmanship. Malandrino created a movement that would go down in the annals of fashion history as the “Flag Collection”.[5] The concept: ultra feminine jagged flag dresses inspired by the Stars and Stripes and the movie “Easy Rider” was her first statement of free spirited women. Catherine Malandrino has been described by the New York Post,[6] as the most photographed French woman in America. Malandrino’s designs were audacious, chic, sensual and timeless.[7]


1998 She presented her first “Collage” collection during New York Fashion week.

2000 She designed the “Flag” collection acclaimed by the media and worn by A-list celebrities such as, Meryl Streep, Halle Berry, Julia Roberts, Heidi Klum as well as Madonna on her world tour.[8]

2001 She presented her show “Hallelujah” at the famous Apollo theatre in Harlem and designed a collection for Mary J. Blige.[9]

2002 The cult sensation “Sex in the City” featured Catherine Malandrino first Soho boutique and Catherine designed a wardrobe for Sarah Jessica Parker. Catherine starts a collaboration of ballerina shoes with iconic French house Repetto.

2003 She created the Demi Moore “comeback” dress. The iconic Flag dress, which soon became a phenomenon and was selected to be exhibited at Zandra Rhodes Fashion and Textile Museum in London.

2004 The company opened the new Catherine Malandrino flagship boutique in the Meatpacking District.[10]

2005 She launched her designer line, Catherine Malandrino Black Label .

2006 Catherine Malandrino opened a first boutique in Paris in Saint Germain rue de Grenelle with a fashion exhibition at the hotel de Crillon.[11] Le Bon Marche Paris celebrated CM collection through an exhibition Paris/New York curated by the designer and an add campaign throughout Paris.

2007 Catherine Malandrino staged a runway show with the Spring/Summer 2008 collection in Moscow to celebrate the opening of the Catherine Malandrino shop in shop in the prestigious TSUM department store. The brand partnered with the Mercury group for the Russian development.[12]

2008 For the Fall/Winter collection, Catherine debuted her first costume jewelry line, extending a lifestyle world into renowned international and affordable luxury brand. Catherine dresses more celebrities including, Beyonce, Dita Von Teese, Sharon Stone, Rihanna, Jenifer Lopez and Alicia Keys. The same year, Édition Assouline in NY, edited a book in the collection mémoire de mode to celebrate the first 10 years of the Catherine Malandrino brand.[10]

2009 Her iconic flag dress is currently on display at FIT’s “Fashion & Politics” exhibit in New York City and she was chosen by the Savannah College of Art & Design to be a style mentor for their senior class. She was a guest judge on the entire, second season of Bravo’s "Make Me a Supermodel” and "Project Runway." The same year, the liqueur Cointreau collaborated with Malandrino on a new packaging and won the 2009 Silver Pentaward for Design Packaging.[13]

2010 Catherine was featured in BMW’s print ad campaign for their new car model “Nomad”, based on her Spring/Summer 2010 collection.[14] Catherine was also named recipient of the 2010 Pratt Institute of fashion Icon Award.[15] NY MOMA museum was, for the first time, the theater of a fashion show to honor the collection "Music and Style" a collaboration between Mary J. Blige and Catherine Malandrino to benefit the FFAWN foundation.[16] Selected pieces of Graphic T-Shirt and sweat shirts were sold out in all Bloomingdales stores in the US.[17]

2011 Catherine launched a collaborative collection with the iconic French house, Lacoste, for the women active lifestyle. The co signed partnership would last four seasons and be available at Catherine Malandrino and Lacoste boutiques throughout the USA.[18]

2012 Catherine Malandrino designed an exclusive collection under the label "design nation" for Khol's. Sold throughout all America and nationally advertised on TV channels with an ad campaign signed by Chandelier Creative. The collection was sold out in a week. Catherine partnered with NY sensation artist Curtis Kulig on an exclusive "OUI" T-shirt collection. She staged fashions shows in Paris, London, Athens, Dubai, Istanbul, Hong Kong and Tokyo.[19] The company had 14 boutiques worldwide.[20] The brand was presented in 20 shops in shops and was present in 250 points of sale throughout the world.

2013 The company partners with Elie Tahari and Arthur Levine and Catherine announces the launch of Catherine Malandrino diffusion line with ASL at The magic show in Las Vegas.

2014 Catherine presented her last collection during NY fashion Week on Pier 92.[4] The show "les Voiles" inspired by the last regatta of the season in St Tropez was acclaimed by the press and buyers worldwide. Catherine Malandrino collection was sold in the US in Bergdorf Goodman, Saks, Neiman Marcus, Net à porter and Farfetch among other selected points of sale. The company sold to Bluestar, Catherine Malandrino stepped out as creative director of the brand and left the company.

2015 Catherine Malandrino is honored and receives the Medal of Chevalier Des Arts et de la Culture by the French Minister of Culture in NY.[21]

2016 Catherine launches a new concept exclusively on HSN "French Rendez-Vous".

2018 Catherine wrote a book "une femme Française" about the differences between French and American style. The book was a bestseller and published in English and Russian version.[22]


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