Born in Chihuahua, Mexico, Victor Alfaro attended the University of Texas and FIT before starting his fashion career. He launched his eponymous label in 1991; four years later, he won the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Perry Ellis Award. In 2008, he introduced his Victor by Victor Alfaro brand, available exclusively at Bon-Ton stores.
Alfaro’s glamorous, sensual designs have been seen in publications such as Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and Vogue, and on celebrities such as Mariah Carey, Cindy Crawford, Nicole Kidman, Madonna, and Demi Moore, as well as notable women such as Queen Rania of Jordan and Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece.
While planning her wedding in 1985, Amsale Aberra discovered an untapped niche in the bridal market—elegant, understated gowns. So she placed a classified ad and began a custom-made dress business out of her New York City loft, offering a simple, refined aesthetic. Since then, Amsale, a native of Ethiopia and graduate of FIT, has become synonymous with the "forever modern" wedding dress.
In 2001, Aberra opened her Madison Avenue boutique—a 5,000-square-foot space showcasing her Amsale, Little White Dress, Christos, and Kenneth Pool collections. Her designs can also be found nationwide at retailers like Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. Her creations have been worn by stars such as Halle Berry, Salma Hayek, Katherine Heigl, Heidi Klum, Julia Roberts, and Vanessa Williams, and featured on TV (Grey’s Anatomy), in films (27 Dresses), and in magazines.