Rachel Roy

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Rachel Roy
Rachel Roy VF 2012 Shankbone 2.JPG
Roy at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival
Born (1974-01-15) January 15, 1974 (age 42)
Monterey, California, United States
Residence New York City, New York
Nationality American
Education Washington Adventist University
Occupation Fashion designer
Spouse(s) Damon Dash (2005-2009)
Children 2
Labels Rachel Roy, RACHEL Rachel Roy and Rachel Roy Signature

Rachel Roy (born January 15, 1974) is an American fashion designer.

Early life and education[edit]

Rachel Roy was born on January 15, 1974 in California. She was raised in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.[1] Her brother is Rajendra Roy, now the Chief Film Curator of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.[2] She is of ethnic diversity ancestry: her mother is Dutch and her Madras-born father is Bengali Indian.[3]

Roy grew up in California, and attended Seaside High School along the Monterey Peninsula in Northern California. She attended Columbia Union College (also called Washington Adventist University) in Takoma Park, Maryland[4] and left to move to New York where she worked in retail.

Fashion career[edit]

Roy's first job in fashion was at age 14, at a Contempo Casuals clothing outlet in her hometown. After college, she came to New York City, where she worked as a stylist for magazines and music videos.[5] She became an intern at urban fashion line Rocawear, where she rose to the position of creative director of the women's and children's divisions and met her future husband Damon Dash. In 2005 Roy launched her eponymous fashion collection.

Roy in February 2005

In early 2006, Roy received a Bollywood industry award for her contribution to American fashion. Roy has also appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show.[6] In 2007, Roy was inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America.[7]

Roy has also received publicity in the teen market, including in Teen Vogue; in their April 2009 issue, Rachel did a “how to,” where she transforms a regular T-shirt into an edgy prom dress.[8]

In June 2008, Jones Apparel Group formed a joint venture with the Rachel Roy brand.[9]

In August 2009, Roy launched The RACHEL Rachel Roy collection, an affordable diffusion line of sportswear, shoes and accessories. The label "RACHEL Rachel Roy" is available exclusively at Macy’s in the United States and at The Bay in Canada.

In summer 2009, Roy and Grammy Award-winning British pop singer Estelle announced via Roy’s Twitter feed their collaboration on a jewelry line for the Spring 2010 RACHEL Rachel Roy collection.[10] Roy designed a capsule collection in partnership with model Jessica Stam for Macy’s stores and RachelRoy.com in Fall 2010.[11]

The Rachel Roy collections are available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.

Celebrity clients[edit]

Well known clients include Michelle Obama,[12] Diane Sawyer, Kate Hudson, Jennifer Garner, Kim Kardashian, Iman, Lucy Liu, Sharon Stone, Tyra Banks, Wendy Williams, and Penélope Cruz.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Roy has two daughters with Damon Dash: Ava, born December 7, 1999 and Tallulah, born May 14, 2008. She and Dash married in 2005.[14][15] She filed for divorce in 2009.[16][17] In April 2015, Roy was awarded sole physical custody of both daughters[18] and Roy and her two daughters were granted three-year restraining orders against Damon Dash.[19] After she won custody, Dash accused her of domestic violence and sued her for $25 million.[20][21]

In 2011, there was speculation that she and football player Dwight Freeney were dating.[22]

Roy's "close friendship" with rapper Jay-Z is said to have been at the heart of the infamous 2014 elevator incident, in which leaked CCTV footage emerged of Solange Knowles, sister of R&B sensation and Jay-Z's wife Beyonce, ferociously attacking her brother-in-law from inside an elevator in the The Standard, High Line hotel. Solange, furious with Roy over the designer’s "too close for comfort" friendship with Beyonce's husband, allegedly took Roy to task at the Met Gala after-party in the hotel's Boom Boom Room. Solange, along with Beyonce and Jay-Z, then abruptly left, after which the incident took place.[23]


  1. ^ Alisha Petro (March 22, 2012). "Oprah loves her. Michelle Obama does too. How Seaside’s own Rachel Roy became one of the hottest names in New York.". Monterey County Weekly. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 
  2. ^ Thelma Adams (April 15, 2014). "The Moviegoer: MoMA’s Chief Curator of Film on Being Grounded in New York". The New York Observer. Retrieved September 16, 2015. In January, you left Sundance early to jet to Washington with your sister, the designer Rachel Roy, for Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday party. Spill. 
  3. ^ Phillygrrl (August 4, 2009). "Rachel Roy Makes Vanity Fair’s Best-Dressed List". Sepia Mutiny. Retrieved September 16, 2015. Rachel’s father was a Bengali immigrant who came to the US from Madras. 
  4. ^ Sierra Tishgart (2012). "9 Fashion Designers on How They Chose Their College and Major". Teen Vogue. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 
  5. ^ "RachelRoy.com". RachelRoy.com. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
  6. ^ "Oprah.com". Oprah.com. 2006-01-01. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
  7. ^ Rachel Roy. "CFDA". CFDA. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
  8. ^ "Fancy That". Teen Vogue. Retrieved April 10, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Jones Apparel Group Launches Rachel Roy Diffusion Brand Exclusive to Macy's, Inc.". PR Newswire. Retrieved December 10, 2010. 
  10. ^ "ALL A TWITTER: Rachel Roy will partner with Estelle to create a jewelry line". WWD. Retrieved August 1, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Rachel Roy Taps Jessica Stam to Help Design". NY. Retrieved March 5, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Home - Mrs.O - Follow the Fashion and Style of First Lady Michelle Obama". Mrs.O. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
  13. ^ "Style.com". Style.com. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
  14. ^ http://celebritybabies.people.com/2005/01/19/damon_dash_marr/
  15. ^ http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/hip-hop-flop-damon-dash-wife-rachel-roy-files-divorce-article-1.367631
  16. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6546028/damon-dash-strikes-back-at-ex-wife-rachel-roy-with-25-million-claims
  17. ^ http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2015/04/21/rachel-roy-and-damon-dash-custody-battles-are-finalized/
  18. ^ http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2015/04/21/rachel-roy-and-damon-dash-custody-battles-are-finalized/
  19. ^ http://www.eonline.com/news/648585/rachel-roy-gets-custody-of-kids-and-a-restraining-order-against-damon-dash-all-the-details
  20. ^ "Damon Dash accuses Rachel Roy of threatening his life and stealing $20K worth of his jewelry"
  21. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/damon-dash-strikes-back-at-791231
  22. ^ "Moving On: Has Designer Rachel Roy Found A New Beau?".
  23. ^ "Solange Knowles attacked Jay Z after designer Rachel Roy got too close to rapper at Met Gala after-party".

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