Patrick Robinson is a California-born American fashion designer who has worked for such names as Giorgio Armani, Anne Klein, Perry Ellis, and Paco Rabanne.
He started making and selling garments to friends in High School, when he realized that he wanted to be a fashion designer. A graduate from the Parsons School of Design, Robinson has been a member of the Council of Fashion Designers since 1994 and was named one of Vogue's 100 rising stars in 1996.
During his 4-year tenure at Armani, he mananged to turn the brand's ailing "Collezioni" line profitable before taking the position of head designer at Anne Klein in 1995.
He launched his own Sportswear label in 1997 which did very well. Patrick Robinson is a very imaginative and talented sportswear designer and his clothes are in great demand.
In the Spring of 2001 Robinson started a new venture, in partnership with Barry Pfeifer, President of Cashmere company Cullen USA. They showed their first collection at Magic, in Las Vegas.
Patrick is married to Vogue's fashion market director Virginia Smith and has a son Wyeth born in 2003.
Patrick was appointed Creative Director of Perry Ellis Womens Sportswear in April 2003 and brought out his first collection for the house for Spring/Summer 2004.
Since then his work has been hailed as a triumph. He says he looks for what is relevant about Ellis today, mentioning the optimisim of the designer who died in 1986 but left a dynamic house.
In December 2004, Patrick Robinson announced that he was leaving his post as design consultant for Perry Ellis.
In February 2005, it was announced that Patrick has joined the house of Paco Rabanne succeeding Rosemary Rodriguez who was the designer for several years there.
In May 2007 Robinson designed an affordable collection for Target Corporation's Go International line.
Robinson is the current Head Designer for Gap, Inc.