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Victoria Beckham

Designer, Victoria Beckham

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Biography

Since launching her womenswear line in 2008 with a range of easy dresses and slim separates, the former pop-star has continued to impress critics with her expanding aesthetic, growing her brand into a global fashion label that now includes handbags, sunglasses and shoes.

In 2013, Beckham launched an e-commerce site and a year later, she opened her flagship store on London’s Dover Street. Turnover from the brand has been steadily rising, doubling between 2012 and 2013 to reach over £30 million (about $46 million), with this strong performance predicted to continue. In 2017 the brand raised £30 million in funding from private equity firm Neo Investment Partners in a deal that valued the business at £100 million, and in 2018  current president of the Fédération de la haute couture et de la Mode Ralph Toledano was announced as the label's chairman.

Unlike most other celebrity-designed products, Beckham oversees all production and design aspects herself and has successfully parlayed her personal profile into a high quality fashion brand. “I want to get bigger and bigger,” she told T magazine. “I absolutely want an empire.”

Before she became a fashion designer, Victoria Beckham was best known to the world as a member of superstar pop group the Spice Girls.

Beckham has employed her social media prowess to attract nearly 13 million followers on Twitter and 22 million on Instagram. She has been recognised for her entrepreneurship by the likes of the BBC and Glamour.

In 2017 she was awarded an Order of the British Empire for her services to the fashion industry.

 

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Born
17 April 1974
Nationality

United Kingdom

Location
United Kingdom

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