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Designer Michael Kors visits St. Louis to talk fashion history

  • April 5, 2024

5 On Your Side sat down one-on-one with the household fashion name to discuss the St. Louis Fashion Fund and reclaiming the city’s garment district.

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Fashion Fund is celebrating 10 years in operation. The group was formed to reclaim the city’s garment district, which was one of the country’s top fashion centers until World War II.

To mark the anniversary, luxury designer Michael Kors visited here with his husband, Lance Le Pere, who is from Belleville.

5 On Your Side’s Annie Krall sat down one-on-one with the household fashion name to talk more about the legacy and history of fashion in St. Louis.

Kors told Krall that when he started judging the now-hit show “Project Runway” back in 2004, he didn’t think it would be so successful. Yet, as Kors spoke to Washington University students on Monday at the Graham Chapel, being a designer is much like making a cake. Kors compared it to looking at a group of ingredients, having an idea, and making something beautiful.

The designer spent a large part of the hour-long Q&A on campus discussing the start of his iconic fashion line in the 1980s. Sewing with his colleagues in his New York apartment living room.

 “One of my seamstresses was a lady who had a beautiful British accent,” Kors shared with the 850-person audience. “I would make her answer the phone. So she was, sewing and the phone would come up,” Kors said as he mimicked answering the phone. “Hello Michael Kors,” in a British accent which got a laugh and round of applause from the St. Louis assembly.

Now making history for the city is Shrewsbury native and moderator Derek Blasberg who was YouTube’s first head of fashion beginning in 2018. He has now become a

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