Narciso Rodriguez III is an American fashion designer of Cuban ancestry. Born in New Jersey, Rodriguez studied at fashion at the famous Parsons School of Design. Early work included freelancing for various companies in New York, and a brief stint at Anne Klein (under its then-director Donna Karan) as well as Calvin Klein.
1995 was a breakout year for Rodriguez. He served simultaneously as Design Director at TSE in New York, and Design Director of Cerruti in Paris, where he designed the famous wedding gown for his friend, the late Carolyn Bessette, for her wedding to the late John Kennedy, Jr.