Norma Kamali was born Norma Arraes on June 27, 1945 in New York City.
Norma graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a fashion illustration degree in 1964.
In 1968 she opened a boutique with her husband Eddie in New York.
She divorced from her husband in 1972 and opened a new boutique called OMO (On My Own) in 1978.
Norma was known in the 1980's for her design innovations such as sweatshirt fleece dresses, coats made out of sleeping bag down feathers and jumpsuits made out of parachute nylon.
Yet, you can also see in her collections that she was greatly influenced by the styles of the 1940's and 1950's.
Norma continues to design and offers updated versions of such classics as her Sleeping Bag Coat.
1980's green polka dot dress.
Measurements are 36" Chest, 26" Waist and 38" Hips
You can purchase this New With Tags dress for $125- over at Viva la Vintage
1970's sapphire velvet skirt with snaps on the side.
Measurements are 24"-26" Waist and 35" Hips
You can purchase this New With Tags skirt for $130- over at Enokiworld.com
Gold lame OMO dress.
Measurements are 36" Chest and 28" Waist
You can "Buy It Now" for $250- over at Polyester Vintage Designer Clothing on eBay.
This post was originally published on April 12, 2007.