Elie Tahari

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Elie Tahari
Born (1952-01-21) January 21, 1952 (age 65)
Jerusalem, Israel
Residence New York City
Occupation Fashion designer
Label(s) Elie Tahari
Spouse(s) Rory Green (m. 2000; div. 2011)
Awards 2014 Fashion Group International Brand Vision Award
Website https://www.elietahari.com
Elie Tahari's boutique in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City
Elie Tahari's boutique at The Forum Shops at Caesars in Las Vegas, Nevada

Elie Tahari (born in 1952) is an Iranian Israeli fashion designer. He is the designer of ready-to-wear clothing and fashion accessories.[1] His company is headquartered in New York City, with stores located throughout the world.

Early life[edit]

Tahari was born the middle son of an Iranian Jewish couple in 1952.[2] He has four sisters, Aliza, Diana, Shulie and Illana, and two brothers, Avraham and Yosi.[3] The family immigrated to Israel from Iran and lived in a ma'abara transit camp in what is now Mevasseret Zion. In 1953–1957, the family went back to Iran, returning later to Israel. When his parents divorced and his father remarried, Tahari was sent to an orphanage ("Sde Hemed") in Rishon Lezion, later moving to Tel Aviv ("Maon Hayeled").[citation needed] The following years were spent in Kvutzat Schiller and an Israeli Air Force boarding school in Haifa.[citation needed]

Elie Tahari emigrated to the United States in 1971 with less than $100.[4] Working as an electrician at a clothing boutique in the Garment District of New York City, he began designing his own clothing line after popularizing the iconic tube top in 1973.[5] His namesake label, Tahari, launched in 1974 with a boutique located on Madison Avenue in New York City.[6]


Inspired by the era's disco culture, Elie Tahari created dance dresses and blouses, debuting his first fashion show in 1977 at the New York City nightclub Studio 54.[7]

In the 1980s, Tahari turned his attention to the tailored suit, with more office-centric designs as women joined the workforce and the ranks of the business elite. He was admitted to the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 1994. In 1997, he teamed with Andrew Rosen to launch the ready-to-wear label Theory.[8]

The 2000s saw an expansion of his brand into men's ready-to-wear, accessories, jewelry, footwear and home goods. In 2012, Elie Tahari was a guest judge on the America television series Project Runway All Stars[9] which aired on Lifetime. He collaborated with Kohl's DesigNation in 2014[10] and launched ET Sport in 2015.[11]


Tahari has been involved in Spirituality For Kids,[12] an educational non-profit organization founded in 2001, and Children of Chernobyl Foundation.[13] In 2011, he created a limited edition T-shirt to benefit "Key To The Cure" with Saks Fifth Avenue and Friends of Dana-Farber to fight women's breast cancer.[14] Starting in 2012, he worked with the Worldwide Orphans Foundation.[15] He is involved with Save the Garment District, focused on preserving the fashion centrality of New York City.[16]

Awards and honors[edit]

In honor of 40 years in the fashion industry, then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared "Elie Tahari Day" in New York City on September 4, 2013.[17] The event was marked with the debut of the Elie Tahari Edition 1974 – a one-off capsule that featured reworked pieces from the designer's archive. In 2014, Tahari was honored with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor[18] which pays homage to the immigrant experience and the contribution made to America by immigrants and their children.[19] Tahari received the Brand Vision Award from the Fashion Group International in 2014.[20]


  1. ^ "Elie Tahari: Fashioning success". CBS News. June 5, 2012. 
  2. ^ jewishjournal.com Jewish Fashion Mogul Reveals Why His Family Left Iran in 1950s
  3. ^ Fashion; At Gucci, Calvin and the Rest, 50% Off Is the Norm
  4. ^ "Fashion industry looks to keep up in NYC". am New York. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  5. ^ Kennedy, Pagan (2012-08-17). "Who Made That Tube Top?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  6. ^ "Elie Tahari Designer Profile". The Cut. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  7. ^ Karimzadeh, Marc. "Elie Tahari: A Well-Suited Life". WWD. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  8. ^ "Theory Works To Evolve Its Brand". Fashion Times. 2014-09-06. Retrieved 2016-03-09. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Watch There's No Business like Sew Business Full Episode - Project Runway All Stars | Lifetime". mylifetime.com. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  10. ^ "Kohl's and Elie Tahari Debut New DesigNation Collection | Business Wire". www.businesswire.com. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  11. ^ "Elie Tahari launches Elie Tahari Sport". Yahoo News. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  12. ^ Spirituality For Kids
  13. ^ Children of Chernobyl Foundation
  14. ^ Studio, Q Digital. "Jennifer Hudson key to Saks' Key to the Cure campaign". LadyLUX - Online Luxury Lifestyle, Technology and Fashion Magazine. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  15. ^ "Seth Meyers, Diane von Furstenberg, Elie Tahari, and More Show Their Support At The Worldwide Orphans 9th Annual Gala". InStyle.com. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  16. ^ Center, Save The Garment. "Elie Tahari's $35,000 Dress That Will Help Save the Garment Center | Save the Garment Center". savethegarmentcenter.org. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  17. ^ "Michael Bloomberg declares September 4th "Elie Tahari Day" in New York City". Jewish Business News. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  18. ^ "NECO | Medalists Database". NECO. Archived from the original on 2016-03-10. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  19. ^ "NECO | NECO's Mission". NECO. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  20. ^ "Diane von Furstenberg to Take Home Superstar Award at Fashion Group International's Night of Stars". Fashion Times. 2014-06-16. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 

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