Carlota Alfaro

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Carlota Alfaro
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Alfaro in 2009
Born (1933-06-04) 4 June 1933 (age 89)
Other names"Puerto Rico's grande dame of fashion"
OccupationFashion designer and writer
Years active1960–present
MovementHaute couture

Carlota Alfaro (born June 4, 1933) is a high fashion designer.[1] She is known as "Puerto Rico's grande dame of fashion".[2]


Alfaro was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico and showed a passion for design ever since she was a child, often designing clothes for family and friends. She was raised in Santurce where her aunt taught her how to sew.

Alfaro reached international fame in Latin America, Europe and the United States during the 1960s, decade in which she also created the Instituto Carlota Alfaro,[3] aimed towards passing on her knowledge to young fashion design students. Alfaro's specialty is haute couture.[4] During the 1980s, she published a series of designs in a local newspaper's fashion column, called Destellos de la moda. Her signature dress is the exaggerated mermaid cut.

Alfaro has received many international awards, and her collections have been sold at stores around the world, including Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue.[2]

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  1. ^ Acevedo, Luz del Alba (2001). Telling to live: Latina feminist testimonios. Duke University Press. p. 140. ISBN 978-0-8223-2765-3.
  2. ^ a b Patteson, Jean (November 10, 1994). "Big names in design will attend". Orlando Sentinel. p. E.3. ISSN 0744-6055.
  3. ^ Rodríguez, Yomaris (February 24, 2009). "Arranca el "Proyect Runway" boricua". El Vocero de Puerto Rico. ISSN 1535-6663.
  4. ^ Steinberg, Janet (June 1983). "Whirlwind Shopping Spree in San Juan". Cruise Travel. Lakeside Publishing. 4 (6): 13. ISSN 0199-5111.