Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

Designer, Stella McCartney

Formerly at the creative helm of Chloé, she launched her eponymous lifestyle brand of smartly chic womenswear made without leather or fur.

United Kingdom Designers 2013 BoF 500 2013 2014 BoF 500 2014

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Formerly at the creative helm of Chloé, she launched her eponymous lifestyle brand of smartly chic womenswear made without leather or fur.

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Biography

One of the industry’s top female designers, Stella McCartney has turned her British take on modern femininity into a global brand.

McCartney entered the fashion industry aged 16, interning at Christian Lacroix. Following Lacroix, McCartney honed her cutting skills at Edward Sexton, the world famous Savile Row tailor. The period remains a significant influence in her work to this day, which regularly references and uses tailoring techniques in its construction.

Having attained her foundation degree from Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, McCartney studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. McCartney’s friends, who happened also to be supermodels, modeled her graduation collection in 1995. Naomi Campbell, Yasmin Le Bon and Kate Moss all walked for the budding designer, which made front-page news in UK.

In 1997, McCartney was appointed creative director of Parisian fashion house Chloé, following in the footsteps of Karl Lagerfeld. McCartney’s time at Chloé was both a commercial and critical success, her easy interpretation of the house’s codes fitting well with her own fluid tailoring and sense of proportion.

In 2001, McCartney showed her first collection in Paris under own name in a joint venture with the Gucci Group, under Kering. McCartney is the only designer in the Kering group to have an equal share in her business. The Stella McCartney brand now operates 23 freestanding stores in locations including Manhattan’s Soho, London’s Mayfair and Brompton Cross, LA’s West Hollywood, Paris’ Palais Royal, Milan and Tokyo. Her collections are distributed in over 50 countries through 600 wholesale accounts and shipped to 100 countries online.

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