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Patrick Robinson - Pioneers Who Have Shaped America's Fashion Industry

Robinson grew up southeast of Los Angeles in the affluent area of Orange County and pursued a career as a fashion designer after he saw a film that featured Calvin Klein and Jeffrey Banks. Before he turned 30, he was already designing collections for one of the premier names in American sportswear. When the line folded, however, Robinson found himself out of work. The obvious talent that had helped him land a deal with an apparel manufacturer to produce his own line.

Robinson was then accepted into the renowned Parsons School of Design in New York City and also spent time at the American College in Paris. While there, he worked for an African American designer named Patrick Kelly as his first assistant. After finishing school, he worked for Giorgio Armani for his bridge line and completed an entire season’s worth of clothes just ten days after arriving. Robinson took his next job, as an artistic director at Paco Rabanne and his tenure there was successful. He was praised for designing collections that were luxurious and wearable.


Image: Patrick Robinson for Vogue Magazine 2020_Image Courtesy of Paskho.

Text: (2018) ‘Patrick Robinson 1966– Fashion designer’ 17 May. Available at:


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