After graduating from Parson’s School of Design in 1964, Vicky and her best friend Mia Fonssagrives moved to Paris to start a career in fashion. A few weeks after arriving, they were discovered by couturier Louis Féraud, who asked them to contribute designs to his July 1964 couture show. It was at the show that the Mia-Vicky mini was introduced.
After seeing the Mia-Vicky minis at the Féraud show, The International Herald Tribune ran this headline: “Anyone in Fashion Over 25 Might as Well be Dead.” Life Magazine wrote a 5-page article about Vicky and Mia. Paris fashion photographers couldn’t get enough of them, and they were internationally recognized. Johnny Carson invited Mia and Vicky to introduce their minis to America on the “Tonight Show.”
In September 1964, while dancing at Paris’ hottest nightclub, wearing their lame’ bra and hip-hugging creations, Hollywood producers invited them to create the costumes for a new movie called “What’s New Pussycat. It was Woody Allen’s screenplay debut. While Vicky was working on “Pussycat,” Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor were filming a movie on an adjoining lot. Elizabeth spotted Vicky Tiel wearing a lace mini dress, and immediately told her husband that she loved the dress. Later, when Richard saw Vicky again, he ordered a pearl covered lace mini, with matching lace stockings, as a surprise for Elizabeth for their November wedding anniversary. Liz Taylor soon became a frequent client, and friend. In 1968, the Burtons became investors in Mia Vicky Paris boutique in Paris. In a fashion show at Maxim’s that year, they introduced wrap dresses, caftans, string bikinis and micro minis. Vicky went on to do the costumes for 12 more movies.
In 1971 Mia left the business and Vicky Tiel became the brand. She evolved from the “youth quake” sixties designer to a glamorous Parisian couturier.
A People magazine article about Vicky’s business in 1986 catapulted her career. Her sexy, fitted dresses were so in demand, Bergdorf Goodman opened a custom couture salon for Vicky, the first one since the 1950s for the luxury retailer.
Throughout the late 1990s and earlier 2000s, Vicky’s focus has been on evening wear and bridal. Her dresses continue to sell at Bergdorf’s and Neiman’s couture and luxury vintage boutiques.
Vicky launched her first perfume, “Vicky Tiel” at Saks Fifth Avenue in 1989. Her 12th fragrance, “1964”, launched in 2014, celebrates Vicky’s 50 years in fashion. Vicky describes her women’s scents as “feminine and seductive”, the same as her clients describe her dresses. Today, Vicky’s fragrances are sold at Perfumania , Home Shopping Network, and retail stores nationwide.
In 2011, Vicky autobiography, “It’s All About The Dress: What I Learned in Forty Years About Men, Women, Sex and Fashion” was published by Saint Martin’s Press. Vicky has frequently contributed to her blog on the Huffington Post on the topics of fashion, art, beauty and Hollywood, since 2011.
Vicky Tiel has recently become a lecturer and teacher. She lectures at FIT, where she has also been a fashion critic. Vicky is currently teaching on video at the University of Fashion, an online university under the direction of Francesca Sterlacci, formerly the Chair of FIT’s Fashion Design Department.
Vicky Tiel works today on HSN TV selling clothing, lingerie, and her 4 exclusive fragrances so that every woman can today afford her products. Her fashion firsts were THE MINI, THE FITTED WAIST WRAP DRESS, HOT PANTS, JUMPSUITS, LACE PANTYHOSE.
Vicky Tiel, an American is the longest lasting FRENCH FASHION DESIGNER.
Vicky Tiel is a fine artist who draws each client in the dress they wear, she paints and has her art and her gowns exhibited in museums in France and America. Her first fragrance bottle she sculpted herself is in the Perfume Museum in Grasse France.