Nina Ricci - Part I

June 10, 2010

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Do you think that to be a famous fashion designer you need to begin your Business when you are still young?

Oh yes!! That would be wonderful!!

But the idea itself fills us with anxiety. It is so hard!!

Time goes by and you are still working so much, for other people.

Are you alone?? Well, that means a little extra time to do what you like, to have light meals, to read or to study after job. Not to worry about children, or meals.

Are you married? Do you have a baby?? Ummm, it sounds tough.

Let me tell you something about Nina Ricci's history, just to inspire us.

Her name was Maria Adelaide Nielli, she was born in 1883 in Turin, Italy. When she reached the age of 5 her family moved to Florence, and when she was 12 they moved to France.

When she was only 13 she started with her career in fashion jobs, working as an apprenticeship at a dressmaker in Paris, she was nicknamed Nina. She continued to pursue her love for fashion design throughout her teenage years becoming the head of the couture house at age 18 and by 22 years old its chief fashion designer.

In 1904 Nina Nielly married the jeweler Luigi Ricci, thus she became Maria Ricci.

In 1905 they had their son Robert Ricci, who was to become the main collaborator to his mother.

Maria Ricci, now Nina Ricci joined the house of Raffin in 1908, as a fashion designer. She remained in this fashion job for 20 years till she became Raffin's partner. (TWENTY YEARS!!)

As time went by, (remember she began working when she was 13 years old) she improved her skills and talents. She had an exquisite taste, working as an artist, merging art and design, creating refined and romantic fashion designs giving her creations a feminine aspect in all her collections.

In 1932 Madame Ricci and her only son Robert decided to move on. In fact, Robert convinced her to set up her own Haute Couture House.

It was on her 50th birthday that she decided to start her own brand.

Let me repeat what her age was at that time, yess? 50 years old.

I remark this point, only to understand that success is unpredictable. No matter gender, no matter age. It's a matter of good work, and improving our talents.

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