Emmy-winning television star, celebrity stylist, author and fashion designer, Carson Kressley is out to make over the world.
Kressley burst on the scene as one of the stars of the hit Emmy award winning series Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, where his sharp wit and undeniable sense of style resonated with audiences internationally. Also a renowned fashion designer, Kressley launched a collection of men’s and women’s wear exclusive to the QVC network, Perfect by Carson Kressley. As a fashion industry veteran, Kressley is known for his modern and sophisticated approach to fashion: “classics with a twist.”
At the podium, Kressley’s impact as a fashion guru transcends style tips and fashion trends. His signature “wit with a heart” approach inspires audiences to embrace their individuality and look inward without fear. With a deep understanding of self-image issues and an empathetic approach to building confidence, Kressley’s enlightening perspective resonates with men and women alike. His charming wit and positive outlook offers insight into how to become a better person, from the inside out.
A “fan-favorite” on the 13th season of ABC’s world-wide hit, Dancing with the Stars and host of Dancing with the Stars Live in Las Vegas, Kressley was most recently named one of the Dancing with the Stars alumni who will vie for the coveted 13th spot on this season of Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars. Alongside Sabrina Bryan and Kyle Massey, fans have the last say as they vote to determine who the final All-Star cast member will be.
Honing his signature flair for transforming lives with style and humor, Kressley hosted the make-over show Carson-Nation on OWN Network in 2011, in which he traveled to small towns throughout the U.S., making viewers’ lives better one person at a time.
His New York Times best-seller Off the Cuff is an essential style guide for men and for the women who love them, and his illustrated children’s book You’re Different and That’s Super builds confidence at an early age. Kressley has been a judge on The CW’s Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants, a reality series about mothers and daughters competing together in beauty pageants, and his film credits include The Perfect Man and The Year without a Santa Claus. He also has starred in Lifetime’s How to Look Good Naked and Co-Hosted OWN’s Your OWN Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star.
Kressley is an avid philanthropist and uses his celebrity to advance different concerns such as The Trevor Project, The Human Rights Campaign, The Empire State Pride Agenda, LIGALY, GLSEN, AIDS WALK, The Ali Forney Center and the Al D. Rodriguez Liver Foundation. Kressley is also a trustee on the board of The True Colors Fund and The American Saddlebred Museum. Kressley was a founding donor in establishing the first college scholarship program for GLBT youth in his hometown of Allentown, Penn.
Kressley began his career as an independent stylist which led to a long tenure with Polo Ralph Lauren. Kressley worked on the design team of the men’s sportswear division, and then moved to the corporate advertising group. He has worked extensively styling catalogs, editorial and film shoots for Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, and Bloomingdale’s. Kressley graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Gettysburg College with degrees in Finance and Fine Art.
Kressley is an avid nationally ranked equestrian and a former member of the U.S. World Cup Equestrian Team. He resides in New York City.