You will soon be able to shop archive Narciso Rodriguez looks at Zara

It is hardly an exaggeration to say that Narciso Rodriguez is an icon of the American fashion industry. Born in New Jersey to Cuban parents, he fell in love with clothes through the women in his family, drawing inspiration from their timeless sense of style. Since the early 90s, Rodriguez has garnered a loyal following by designing some of the most beloved and recognized womenswear pieces in the industry. His clear vision and eye for clean lines have won the hearts of Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, Michelle Obama and Sarah Jessica Parker, to name just a few, creating looks that transcend trends and generations.

Rodriguez’s sartorial vision of a woman is strongly rooted in minimalism, with a knack for proportion and attention to detail that is second to none. His career has taken him from houses like Calvin Klein and Loewe to designing his own namesake, building a mini-perfume empire along the way. Rodriguez’s dresses, in particular, are instantly recognizable: Utterly feminine, curve-enhancing, complementary but never overwhelming, and stronga word often overused in fashion today, but one that completely applies to his ethos.

A dress originally from Narciso Rodriguez’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection.

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With Hispanic Heritage Month approaching, Zara asked Rodriguez to dig deep into his archives and recreate his most winning looks for an exclusive capsule. The red dress above is originally from his Spring/Summer 2018 collection, and the black bustier look below dates back to Autumn/Winter 1998 (what’s old is almost always new again). The enduring fashion and relevance of his clothes is remarkable, proving that when you design for a timeless woman, your items truly never go out of style. In honor of this special re-release, we spoke with Rodriguez about the capsule, his all-time favorite collection, and what he thinks about his signature scent going viral on TikTok.

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A look originally from Narciso Rodriguez’s Fall/Winter 1998 collection.

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Do you have a favorite piece from the capsule?

The bias slip dress – it has been a constant throughout my collections and is considered an iconic signature of Narciso Rodriguez.

Which past collection stands out in your memory?

Fall 2000 is one of my favorite collections of all time. It was inspired by Romy Schneider and the joy of dressing up – so much of the inspiration for that collection came from the film Boccaccio ’70.

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A dress originally from Narciso Rodriguez’s spring/summer 2020 collection.

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How does your Latin heritage inform your work?

To celebrate a woman, her body and who she is.

Who would you like to design a dress for in 2022?

Meghan Markle and Zendaya.

Is there a Narciso Rodriguez fragrance that you want to pair with the Zara pieces?

The original For Her is my classic signature scent – like this collection, it was inspired by sensuality and grace.

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A look originally from Narciso Rodriguez’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection.

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For Her recently went viral on TikTok due to its overwhelming popularity in Paris. What do you think attracts people to the scent?

For her continues to be loved by more and more people around the world; I loved seeing it go viral among a younger generation 20 years after its launch. It was created with great passion as a signature fragrance that would transcend boundaries, and it did.

The Narciso Rodriguez for Zara capsule will be available to shop online at and in Zara stores globally that September. 8. Prices range from $46-499.

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