Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were .
Instead of going to class, she spent her time at the Dualstar offices, discussing major decisions with the company’s CEO, Diane Reichenberger.
Ashley dropped out soon after, and they embarked on a career in fashion together.
From style icons to designers.
As girls, Mary-Kate and Ashley were aware of the effect their fashion statements had on what people actually wore.
In 2007, Mary-Kate told W Magazine of an instance in which she saw a girl wearing the same glasses she owned. “Ashley and I kind of giggled about it because they looked good,” Olsen said. “It could have gone the other direction, and we’d be thinking, What have we done to these people?”
In 2013, Mary-Kate Olsen reflected to Net-a-Porter on their lifetime of trendsetting.
“When we were younger, being in the public eye was almost part of our role and responsibility – to set the trends at that time or be ahead of fashion,” Mary-Kate said.
Say goodbye to Hollywood, and hello to the runway.
In 2005, the twins began their own fashion line: the Row, named for Savile Row, a shopping street in London.
The Row began as a personal challenge. Ashley Olsen was determined to design the perfect T-shirt. The twins tested the T-shirt extensively by “just putting it on bodies, on anyone from 12 to 60, and different sizes,” Mary-Kate told Interview.
In the year-and-a-half-long process, the Olsens got a first-hand education in design.
“It was learning about production and manufacturing, one piece at a time,” Ashley continued.
With the T-shirt came a seven-piece collection, including a cashmere wool tank dress and sateen leggings. Barney’s New York bought the Row’s first complete line.
In 2006, the Olsens became the face of Badgley Mischka.
The twins spent a lifetime trendsetting, but their status as style icons was confirmed when they became the faces of Badgley Mischka.
“Ashley and Mary-Kate have grown up to become America’s young style icons. They have an amazing sense of fashion and individuality that intrigued us,” wrote Mark Badgley and James Mischka in a statement announcing the news.
As part of Badgley Mischka’s ad campaign, photographs of the twins appeared in Vogue, Elle, InStyle, and Vanity Fair.
The fashion lines continued.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s fashion career has evolved since the Row. They designed Olsenboye, a line for JCPenney. They headed StyleMint, a foray into customizable T-Shirts. And in 2007, they started Elizabeth and James, a line which seeks to fill the gap between luxury and affordability.
Mary-Kate Olsen described the Elizabeth and James’ woman’s look as being “effortless, confident, and eclectic.”
“We just want to help women feel however they want to feel,” Mary-Kate told The Edit of their purpose with Elizabeth and James’ clothing.
In 2008, they entered the book biz.
Their book, Influence, features interviews with leading names in fashion and style, like Karl Lagerfeld and Diane Von Furstenberg.
In 2009, they entered the big leagues.
At the age of 23, the Olsen twins were invited to join the Council of Fashion Designers (CFDA). They …