Elie Tahari Women's Fashion

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Elie Tahari was born in 1952 to Iranian parents who emigrated to Israel. When they divorced, young Elie was sent to live in an orphanage. Later, he would attend an Israeli Air Force boarding school. In 1971, at the age of 19, he came to New York City with less than $100. He began working as an electrician in the Garment District. In 1973, he created the iconic tube top. This began his career as a designer of womenswear. In 1974, his namesake brand was launched at a boutique on Madison Avenue. Elie spent the rest of the decade designing dance dresses and blouses inspired by the disco era. In the 1980s, he turned his attention to tailored business suits geared toward women returning to the workforce.

Elie Tahari's sleek designs have stood the test of time as seen in this Eva Square-Neck Dress in velvet with bonded metallic leather shoulder straps. Tahari's blouses created a romantic Victorian mood that is carried over in dresses like the Maritza Embroidered Organza Dress with scalloped lace at the neck, back, and hem. The A-line dress with seamed waist and flared skirt features intricate floral embroidery. Elie Tahari's Roanna Sleeveless V-Neck Dress in black triacetate-polyester can be flaunted as a romantic little black dress. With a jacket and accessories, it is dramatically transformed into a smart dress for business. The dress has a feminine, relaxed sheath silhouette and is hemmed at the knee. It has a concealed back zip.


The beginning of the 21st century saw the Elie Tahari brand expand into accessories, jewelry, men's ready-to-wear, footwear, and home goods. In 2012, Elie Tahari was a guest judge on Project Runway All Stars, an American television show. He is involved in several philanthropic endeavors.
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