Stella McCartney is a fashion designer who was born and raised in London. After graduating with a degree in Fashion Design from Central St Martins, her final collection was bought by stores such as Browns, Joseph, Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus. She immediately launched her own line, combining her signature style of sharp tailoring and sexy femininity with her strict policy to not use leather or fur in her designs.
After only two collections, in 1997 she was appointed the creative director of the house of Chloe in Paris. In April 2001, McCartney launched her own fashion house under her own name in a joint venture with Gucci Group. Her first collection debuted at the Spring/ Summer 2002 shows in Paris. As well as the women’s ready-to-wear range, the label now includes accessories, eyewear, the ‘Stella’ and ‘Stella In Two’ fragrance, and CARE, an organic skincare range.
McCartney has flagship stores in Manhattan, London, and Hollywood, and has recently opened stores in Shanghai, Singapore and Moscow, her collection is also distributed in over forty countries. In addition to her own main line collection, Stella designed a special one-off collection for Swedish high street retailer H&M and has continued to design a sports performance collection for women ‘Adidas by Stella McCartney’ since 2004.
Most recently Stella McCartney has launched a new lingerie line which is sold throughout stores worldwide. She has collaborated with various artists including Gary Hume on a range of handmade T-shirts and dresses in aid of RAWA, David Remfry on her first advertising campaign, cartoonist Robert Crumb and Jeff Koons.
McCartney has received various awards including VH1/Vogue Fashion and the Music 2000 Designer of the Year, the 2003 Woman of Courage Award for work against cancer, Glamour Award for Best Designer of the Year 2004, the 2005 Organic Style Woman of the Year Award, the 2007 Elle Style Award for Best Designer of the Year, and the Best Designer of The Year at the 2007 British Style Awards.