For more than three decades, Nicole Miller has been a stalwart of the American fashion industry. When the designer first launched her eponymous high-end brand in the early 1980s, her pared-down silhouette dresses became almost instantly iconic, quickly earning fashion’s favorite form of flattery: copycat designs.

In the years since, Miller has grown her business to include partnerships and collections for such mass retailers as J.C. Penney and Bed Bath & Beyond, giving the entrepreneur and her company household-name status. We checked in with this founder to talk about the past and future of her business, the impact of technology and social media and how even after 30-plus years, Miller still sees lessons she wants to learn.

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