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People In Fashion A- Z

Christopher Bailey
Christopher Bailey (born 26 March 1971) is the Chief Creative and chief executive officer of Burberry. From 1994 to 1996, he became the womenswear designer at Donna Karen, then later from the years 1996 to 2001 he was the Senior Designer of Womenswear at Gucci. In May 2001, Christopher became design director at Burberry and three years later he became Creative Director. In November 2009 he was anointed Chief Creative Officer. On the 15 October 2013, Bailey was appointed to be the next CEO of Burberry. The following year, he became Chief Creative and chief executive officer. Christopher has won 13 awards between the years of 2004 – 2013.

Bobbi Brown
Bobbi Brown (born 14 April 1957) is an American professional makeup artist and founder of Bobbi Brown cosmetics. She graduated from Emerson College in Boston with a degree in theatrical makeup. After graduating, she moved to New York to become a professional makeup artist. In 1991, herself and a chemist created a range of new lipsticks called Bobbi Brown Essentials. This line received such great success that in 1995 Estée Lauder bought Bobbi Brown Essentials, however Bobbi remained in complete creative contrail of the makeup line. Bobbi has written eight books on makeup and beauty.

Gisele Bündchen
Gisele Bündchen (born 20 July 1980) is a Brazilian model. She was scouted by a modelling agency in a fast food restaurant. From then onwards she started modeling and made her debut catwalk in New York in 1996 during fashion week. She moved to New York in 1997. In 2000, Gisele signed a $25 million contract with lingerie company, Victoria’s Secret. By 2004 Gisele became the highest paid model in the world. In 2007 she ended her long relationship with VS, but still remained the most sought after model.

Sarah Burton
Sarah Burton is a British fashion designer; she is currently the creative director of Alexander McQueen. Sarah studied at Central Saint Martins in London, during her time at the university she was interviewed to work at McQueen (she was became an intern at the brand for a year). Once she graduated in 1997, Sarah became McQueen’s personal assistant. In May 2010, after the death of McQueen, she was named Creative Director. Sarah designed the wedding dress for the Royal Wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William, in April 2011.

Naomi Campbell
Naomi Campbell (born 22 May 1970) is an English supermodel. She was scouted at the age of 15 by Synchro modeling agency. She was the first black model to appear on the covers of French and British Vogue, as well as Time magazine. She is one of the six models in her generation to be named a supermodel.

Alexa Chung
Alexa Chung (born 5 November 1983) is a British television presenter, model and is a contributor to British Vogue. Alexa was scouted by Storm Model Management at the age of 16 at Reading Festival. In 2006, Alexa began presenting on Channel 4 as well as co-hosting shows. In January 2009, British brand Mulberry released a bad called the ‘Alexa’ bag, and was an instant sell- out. In June 2009, Chung became a contributing editor of British Vogue. She is loved in the industry; especially by Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour. She won the Elle Style Award in 2010, and is a muse to many designers.

Cara Delevingne
Cara Delevingne (born 12 August 1992) is an English model. Cara went to a boarding school in Hampshire, Bedales school. Cara started modelling at the age of 10 for Vogue Italia as well as the British chocolate company, Cadbury. Cara was signed to Storm Model Management in 2009. Cara from then onwards became an instant sensation. She’s walked for some of the biggest brands in the world, as well as feature in ad campaigns for brands such as Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel and Tom Ford. In 2014 Delevigne won ‘Model of the Year’ award at the British Fashion awards.

Poppy Delevingne
Poppy Delevingne (born 3 May 1986) is an English model. She attended Bedales boarding school. Poppy was scouted by Sarah Doukas, founder of Storm Model Management in 2008. She has modeled for ad campaigns as well as walking for brands such as Anya Hindmarch, Alberta Ferretti and Burberry. She became the face of Louis Vuitton for their summer collection in 2014. She is the muse for designer Matthew Williamson. Poppy is an ambassador for the British Fashion Council and is a Chanel ambassador as well.

Katie Grand
Katie Grand (born 1971) is a British journalist and stylist. Katie studied at Central Saint Martins College. Katie started styling while she was still at Saint Martins where she directed and styled shoot for Dazed & Confused during the 90’s. She became the fashion director for The Face magazine. Later, Katie was the Editor-in-Chief of POP magazine. Katie launched LOVE magazine, and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the magazine.

Mary Katrantzou
Mary Katrantzou (born 1983) is a Greek fashion designer. She went to Central Saint Martins, and she received a Bachelor and Masters degree. In 2008 Mary opened the Central Saint Martins graduation show; and her collection was nominated for two awards. Her first collection (pret-a-pórter) premiered at Autumn/ Winter during London Fashion Week. The first ready-to-wear collection launched during Spring/ Summer at London Fashion Week in 2009. Now her collections appear all over the world, in over 200 stores. In November 2011, Mary won the British Fashion Award for Emerging talent and a year later she won Young Designer of the Year at the Elle Style Awards.

Heidi Klum
Heidi Klum (born 1 June 1973) is a German model. She became a model at 18 after winning a contest in Germany. She moved to New York and landed a modelling spot with the world renowned lingerie company Victoria’s Secret. Heidi has an hourglass figure, which doesn’t suit catwalk modelling so Heidi did editorial. She is loved by magazines such as Vogue and Marie Claire. She created a television series called Project Runway about fashion designing. On top of her show, she also is the host for Germany’s Next Top Model.

 

Nick Knight
Nick Knight OBE (born 1958) is a British fashion photographer. He studied at Bournemouth & Poole College of Art and Design, graduating with a distinction in photography in 1982. He has shot ad campaigns for multiple fashion houses such as Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior and Calvin Klein. In 2010, Knight received an OBE for his contribution to the arts.

Suzy Menkes
Suzy Menkes OBE (born 24 December 1943) is a British journalist and fashion critic. She is the International Fashion Editor for 19 worldwide versions of Vogue. As a teenager she went to Paris to study dress-making at Esmod. After Uni, where she studied English literature, she reported on fashion for British newspaper, The Times. She has the title OBE and the Legion d’Honneur in France.

Kate Moss
Kate Moss (born 16 January 1974) is a British model. She was scouted at the age of 14 by the founder of Storm Model Management at JFK Airport, New York. She has modelled for fashion brands such as Chanel, Calvin Klein and Dolce & Gabbana. In 2007, TIME named Moss as one of the world’s 100 most influential people. In 2013, she received an award at the British Fashion Awards to thank her for her contribution to fashion over 25 years.

Carine Roitfeld
Carine Roitfeld (born 19 September 1954) is the former Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Paris; where she worked their from 2001 to the 31 January 2011. She was scouted at the age of 18, however she focused on writing, and later styling for French Elle. Carine became good friends with Mario Testino, and they started working together for French and American Vogue. Carine became a muse for Tom Ford. In 2001 she was asked to edit Vogue Parism and resigned in December 2010; but officially left in January 2011. In 2012, Carine took up the job of global fashion director of Harper’s Bazaar.

Olivier Rousteing
Olivier Rousteing (born 3 April 1985) is a French fashion designer. He is the Head designer for Balmain. He grew up in Bordeaux, and later moved to Paris to study at ESMOD. In 2003, he became a designer at Roberto Cavalli and later became the Head designer of the women’s section at the Italian brand. On the 26 April 2011, Olivier became the Head designer of Balmain; he replaced Christophe Decarnin.

Hedi Slimane
Hedi Slimane (born 5 July 1968) is a French photographer and designer. For seven years he was the creative director of Dior Homme; and he is currently the creative director for then French fashion house Saint Laurent. At 16, he started to make his own clothes. In 1996, he was anointed menswear director at YSL, but left in 2000 after creating the new skinny silhouette. Hedi took up the role of at Dior Homme. In April 2002, Hedi was the first ever menswear designer to get the CFDA award for internation designer. In 2012, he returned to YSL and became the creative director. In June of 2012, Hedi changed the name of the brand from Yves Saint Laurent to Saint Laurent Paris.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (born 13 June 1986) are fashion designers. The twins launched their own fashion label, called The Row. In 2007 they launched a collection inspired by their vintage finds and personal aesthetic called Elizabeth and James.

Mario Testino
Mario Testino OBE (born 30 October 1954) is a fashion photographer. As a child he wanted to be a priest. He studied economics at university. In 1976, he moved to London to study photography. He dyed his hair pink which helped him stand out and get noticed as a photographer. In 1983, his work appeared in Vogue for the first time. His career took off in 1997 when he was commissioned to photograph Princess Diana. In 2010, he took the official photographs for the engagement for Kate Middleton and Prince William. In January 2014, Mario was awarded an Honorary OBE for his contribution over the years to the fashion industry.

Donatella Versace
Donatella Versace (born 2 May 1955) is a fashion designer; and the vice President of the Versace group. She is currently the chief designer of the Italian fashion house Versace. In her ad campaigns for the brand, she places her A-list friends such as Madonna and Lady Gaga. This has helped spread the brand’s popularity throughout Europe and the US. She designed the famous Versace Green Dress, “Jungle- Dress”, which was worn by Jennifer Lopez at the Grammy’s.

Alexander Wang
Alexander Wang (born 26 December 1983) is an American fashion designer. At 19, he moved to New York, and attended Parsons for two years. He left to pursue his own fashion career; and in Autumn 2007 he debuted his first women’s ready-to-wear collection during New York Fashion Week. In 2008 he won the CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund, where he received $20,000 to expand his brand; that same year he launched his first handbag line. In 2009 he released his first women collection called T by Alexander Wang, and a year later released a menswear collection also called T by Alexander Wang. In November 2012 he became the creative director of Balenziaga. His lines are available in over 700 stores globally.

Anna Wintour
Anna Wintour OBE (born 3 November 1949) is the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue magazine. As a teenager she dropped out of finishing school and lived around in London; partying with the stars, like members of the Rolling Stones and the Beatles. Anna started out in the fashion department in Harper’s & Queen. She then moved to Viva, New York magazine and became Chief editor of British Vogue, and later transformed Home and Garden. In 1988 she was named Editor-in-Chief of Vogue; she moved to New York to head up Vogue. From then onwards Anna has been a force not to be reckoned with.

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