KAREN CALDWELL: Born and raised in Los Angeles, clothing designer Karen Caldwell had Hollywood glamour imprinted on her DNA. Her grandmother--an accomplished dancer and choreographer working for MGM and Walt Disney Studios--was friends with Oscar-winning costume designer Edith Head. As a child, Caldwell would frequently visit her grandmother's Hollywood Hills home. There it was easy to let her imagination run wild, diving into her grandmother's immense wardrobe. Making her own clothes was a hobby she started in childhood. As an adult she became an avid collector of vintage clothes from greats like Oleg Cassini, Christian Dior, and Cristobal Balenciaga. Through deconstructing vintage pieces and re-working them, Caldwell gave herself a hands-on understanding of apparel design, construction, and textiles.