Charlotte Dellal

Charlotte Dellal

Designer, Charlotte Olympia

With her design aesthetic equal parts kitsch and old Hollywood glamour, she is an established member of footwear’s new vanguard.

United Kingdom Designers 2013 BoF 500 2013 2014 BoF 500 2014

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With her design aesthetic equal parts kitsch and old Hollywood glamour, she is an established member of footwear’s new vanguard.

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Biography

One of fashion’s favourite footwear designers Charlotte Olympia Dellal has built an internationally recognised accessories brand through her creativity and wit. Winner of accessories designer of the year award at the British Fashion Awards in 2011, Dellal is known for her 'Dolly' platforms and kitsch influences, effortlessly combining British humour and Hollywood bombshell aesthetics.

Dellal launched Charlotte Olympia in 2006, showing her first full footwear collection in February 2008. She opened the brand's first store in 2010, on London’s Maddox Street, which was joined by a New York store in 2012, and most recently in LA, the largest store to date, in June 2013. Dellal has collaborated with Victoria Beckham on her Victoria line, created shoes for Agent Provocateur, and created a limited edition Charlotte’s Web inspired collection with Olympia Le Tan.

Born in Cape Town, the first child of Guy Dellal, a property developer, and Brazilian model ‘Rio’ Andrea de Magalhães Vieira, Dellal attended Bedales in Hampshire before enrolling at the London College of Fashion in 1998. Although she enrolled with the intention of designing corsets, Dellal would design her first pair of shoes at LCF. She worked briefly with Hilary Alexander, who was then the fashion editor of The Daily Telegraph, in 2000, before her admittance into Cordwainers School to study shoe design. Dellal trained at Giambattista Valli before launching her own line.

Career

  • Charlotte Olympia
    Charlotte Olympia

    Designer 2007 - Present, London, United Kingdom

  • Giambattista Valli
    Giambattista Valli

    2000 - 2006

  • The Daily Telegraph
    The Daily Telegraph

    1999 - 2000

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