In addition to designing his own collection, he is also a contract designer for private clients such as Joan Jett, Courtney Cox, Madonna, and for established labels including, L.A.M.B. by Gwen Stefani, Dolce & Gabbana where he designed predominately for celebrities for nine years followed by seven seasons for Calvin Klein Collection under the design direction of Francisco Costa.
CESAR GALINDO launched his secondary collection in the Fall of 2011, CZAR by Cesar Galindo, consisting predominately of dresses and soft separate components and varied edgier statement items. CZAR offers a younger sophisticated version of his signature collection at a contemporary price point. Neiman Marcus’s Cusp, launched CZAR S12, with a successful overall selling performance. Shortly thereafter with PETER STERN and CHRISTINE DENTE, his benefactors, jointly established both brands CZAR by Cesar Galindo and CESAR GALINDO COLLECTION under the name EXPRESS TRADE CAPITAL, INC.
CESAR is the youngest of eleven children, began his career in fashion designing corsets and period costumes for The Miami City Ballet, and then for The Houston Grand Opera in his hometown. He moved to New York in the mid 1980’s to continue his work as a designer and further pursued his fashion career at TSE Cashmere as a show room manager. After a year, he went on to design for Carmelo Pomodoro, a then rising international sportswear designer. During this time, Cesar began developing his own line, a signature collection specializing in dresses for social and evening events.
CESAR achieved notoriety when his washed silk kimono dress made the cover of Elle magazine, July 1993, on supermodel Karen Mulder. Once America and the rest of the world caught a glimpse of his designs, they wanted more. Galindo’s first trunk show was at the renowned Martha’s International on Park Avenue and was followed at New York City retail institution, Henri Bendel. Over the next decade, the brand CESAR GALINDO developed in distribution domestically and internationally at select retailers.
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