Narciso Rodríguez, born in New Jersey, studied fashion at the Parsons School of Design before working for several New York designers, including Anne Klein and Calvin Klein. Rodriguez's initial success led him to simultaneously occupy two prominent positions in the fashion world in 1995: Design Director at TSE in New York and Design Director of Cerruti in Paris. During this time, Rodriguez also designed Carolyn Bessette's dress for her wedding to John F. Kennedy, Jr. In 1997, Rodriguez's newly created fashion brand, simply titled "Narciso Rodríguez", launched its first clothing line. Rodriguez's talent and brand update continued when Loewe appointed him design director for his Women's Ready to Wear collection. This year also received professional praise for Rodriguez, as he won the best New Designer of Vogue/VH1 and the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Rodriguez returned to the United States in 2001 from abroad to launch his new clothing line, and a year later won the CFDA's Designer of the Year award. He was also a repeat winner in 2003. In 2009, Rodriguez designed a prominent dress for first lady Michelle Obama. In 2003, Narciso Rodríguez collaborated with Shiseido's international beaute Prestige brand and launched its first fragrance, titled "For Her". The male equivalent "For Him" was released in 2007. Other perfumers who have worked with Rodriguez include Alberto Morillas, Francis Kurkdjian and Christine Nagel.