- NAME: Michael Kors
- OCCUPATION: Fashion Designer, Model, Reality Television Star
- BIRTH DATE: August 09, 1959 (Age: 54)
- EDUCATION: Fashion Institute of Technology
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Long Island, New York
- AKA: Karl Anderson
- Originally: Karl Anderson Jr.
- Full Name: Michael David Kors
- AKA: Michael Kors
- ZODIAC SIGN: Leo
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Michael Kors is an American fashion designer best known for serving as a judge on the popular television show Project Runway. He's also known for designing Michelle Obama's dress for her first official portrait.
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In 2003, he won the coveted Menswear Designer of the Year award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the most prestigious prize in American fashion.
In 2004, Kors was asked to be a judge on a new reality television show called Project Runway. He almost turned it down. "Reality show? Fashion on television?" Kors recalled thinking. "I thought that only fashionista freaks, gays and men wanting to see Heidi Klum in a short dress would watch it." He was wrong. The show premiered on December 1, 2004, and became an immediate hit with fans and critics. Kors's quips and blunt criticisms were fan favorites, and he continued as a judge in subsequent seasons. Viewers of Project Runway often commented on his perennial tan, a source of pride for the beach-loving Kors. "Now that Valentino has retired, I believe someone must wave the too-tanned flag," the designer joked.
In 2012, Kors announced that he would be retiring from Project Runway. By that time, the series had garnered several Emmy Award nominations, among other honors.
Kors lives in New York City with his boyfriend, Lance La Pere, vice president of Michael Kors Women's Design.
Countless celebrities wear his garments, and U.S. first lady Michelle Obama posed in a Michael Kors dress for her first official portrait. With new lines constantly in production and more customers drawn in by his Project Runway appearances, Kors's fashion empire continues to grow.
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