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The Rachel Roy File

August 2010
The Rachel Roy File


2 Number of marriages and children

4 Full collections released annually in her line Rachel Roy New York

8 Age when she became interested in designing

35 Her current age

$1,195 Original price of Michelle Obama’s Rachel Roy dress

18,000 Followers on Twitter


"I've loved fashion ever since I can remember. I didn't like the clothes I could afford so my mother taught me to sew. We had boxes of sarees around and my mom's clothes from the ‘60s and ‘70s, so I tried to make better than what we could afford." (Little India)

"I'm a big proponent of young women dressing appropriately in the workplace to get ahead. We need to demand respect as women, and part of that involves how we present ourselves.” (Marie Claire)

“My biggest influences are strong, creative women that chart their own path, lead their own lives and drive the course of history.” (RachelRoy.com)


She was born to an Indian father and Dutch mother. Her Bengali father grew up in Madras and served in the Indian Navy, before coming to America.

Roy was born in California and attended college in Washington D.C. After graduation, she went to New York City to pursue a career in fashion design. Starting out as a freelance stylist, she eventually landed an internship at Rocawear and moved up the ladder to become creative director.

In the fall of 2004, she created her own collection, which debuted in department and specialty stores the following spring. Her clothing line is now available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and other upscale stores. First Lady Michelle Obama, Kate Hudson, Jennifer Garner, Sharon Stone and Penelope Cruz, among others, have worn her outfits.

Roy has been married twice, first to the late NBA player Yinka Dare, then to music producer Damon Dash, whom she divorced last year. She and Dash have two daughters, Ava and Tallulah.


Her official website: www.RachelRoy.com/

Her Twitter page: http://twitter.com/Rachel_Roy

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