Sully Bonnelly

Sully Bonnelly

American fashion designer of Dominican descent
Date of Birth: 24.12.1956
Country: USA

Biography of Salli Bonnelly

Salli Bonnelly, an American fashion designer of Dominican origin, has been the creative director of the 'Muse' and 'Anthracite by Muse' brands since 2008. Born on December 24, 1956, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, fashion has always been an integral part of Bonnelly's life. He studied architecture at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD) before moving to New York City to attend the prestigious Parsons School of Design and start his career in the fashion industry as an assistant to Oscar de la Renta. He later worked as a designer for Bill Blass and Eli Tahari, and in 1998, he launched his own collection that was carried by luxury retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, and Bergdorf Goodman.

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Afterwards, Bonnelly returned to his mentor Oscar de la Renta as the creative director of the 'O Oscar Collection'. In 2000, he designed an exclusive collection called 'Sully Bonnelly Accents' for the Home Shopping Network and Home Shopping Network en Español, becoming the first Latin American designer whose products were sold on HSN, a 24/7 shopping channel. The following year, Bonnelly became the creative director of 'Citrine', a contemporary sportswear collection, and two years later, he launched his first bridal collection, 'Sully Bonnelly Bridal'.

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In 2002, Bonnelly designed a dress for the legendary singer Celia Cruz, which she wore to the Latin Grammy Awards. Recently, he was honored with the 'Orden al Merito Ciudadano' for his contributions to his homeland. Among the recipients of this order are writers Junot Diaz and Julia Alvarez, pianist and composer Michel Camilo, and fashion designer Oscar de la Renta.

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Bonnelly has received numerous awards for his outstanding contribution to the fashion industry, including the prestigious 'Golden Coast Award' in 1999 and being selected as a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in 2001. Additionally, he has been recognized by various Dominican organizations for his achievements. Former New York Governor George Pataki acknowledged Bonnelly's contributions as a prominent designer during the celebration of Dominican Heritage Month in 2005. His company is featured in Rima Suqi's book 'Fashion Designers At Home'.

In January 2012, Salli Bonnelly married Robert Littman, the president of the Vergel Foundation, a foundation that manages a collection of contemporary Mexican art in New York and Cuernavaca, Mexico. The memories of his travels around the world infuse all of his collections, creating a fictional album of colors, textures, rhythms, and scents. The designer's inspiration materializes in captivating garments that instill a sense of confidence and joy of life in the women who wear them.

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