Naeem Khan (born May 21, 1958) is an Indian-American fashion designer who has dressed First Lady Michelle Obama, Jordan’s Queen Noor, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
Naeemuddin Khan was born in Bareilly, India, on May 21, 1958, to Sharfuddin Khan and Razia Baig. His father and grandparents, both of whom produced exquisite garments for the royal families, instilled in him an early passion in textiles. Khan has remarked of his early enthusiasm for design, “It was ingrained in my DNA. I knew I wanted to do something similar after watching my father design formal dress for India’s most powerful people.”
He married model and jewellery designer Ranjana Kapadia in 1981, when he was 23 years old, and they have two kids, Zaheen and Shariq.
Khan splits his time between New York City and Miami, Florida.
Khan travelled to the United States in 1978 to work as an apprentice for American designer Halston. He perfected the craft of draping and garment construction during this time, and collaborated with cultural icons like Liza Minnelli, Andy Warhol, and Elizabeth Taylor. According to Khan, during this time period, “My experience with Halston has had a significant impact on my understanding of fashion and lifestyle… To be a globally known brand, a designer must be familiar with numerous arts, travels, cinema, museums, culture, and geography.” In 2019, he was interviewed for the documentary film Halston, which was released in 2019.
Khan continued to work with Halston on a freelance basis for several years after his apprenticeship, eventually launching Riazee, a clothing label named after him, in 1981.