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Biography of Grace Kelly

Born in Philadelphia in 1929, Grace Kelly became a popular actress in the 1950s starring in movies such as Dial M for Murder, To Catch a Thief and The Swan. She married Prince Rainier III of Monaco, with whom she had three children, in 1956.

Actress, Princess Consort of Monaco. Grace Patricia Kelly was born on November 12, 1929, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her father, John Brendan “Jack” Kelly, was a champion sculler who won three Olympic gold medals as part of the U.S. rowing team. A self-made millionaire, he owned one of the most successful brick businesses on the East Coast. Her mother, Margaret Katherine Majer, was the first coach of women’s athletic teams at the University of Pennsylvania. Kelly was the third of four children and was named after her father’s sister, who died at a very young age.

Kelly expressed a deep love of performance at a young age. In addition to participating in school plays and community productions, she occasionally modeled with her mother and sister. While attending Stevens School, a small private high school in Philadelphia, she continued to dream about acting. The arts held a prominent place in the Kelly family. Her uncles Walter C. Kelly, a vaudevillian performer, and George Kelly, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, both had a huge affect on her. It was George who later encouraged his niece to pursue a full-time acting career, mentoring her through her rise in Hollywood.

After high school, Kelly decided to pursue an acting career in New York City despite her parents’ objections. According to Kellys close friend Judith Balaban Quine, Jack Kelly thought that acting was “a slim cut above streetwalker.” Despite this, Kelly enrolled in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. As a student, she modeled part-time and appeared in ads for Old Gold cigarettes and on the covers of magazines like Cosmopolitan and Redbook. Her final performance at the Academy was in A Philadelphia Story. Years later she would reprise her role in High Society, a musical adaptation on the big screen.

After graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York at age 19, Kelly sought a career on Broadway, but she found it tough going. Don Richardson, one of her directors and teachers later said, “She would never have had a career in the theater,” because she had “great looks and style, yes, but no vocal horsepower.”

Whether or not that assessment was correct, Kelly soon found that film was more amenable to her talents. In the years just following World War II, the film and television industries were both booming, and Kelly soon moved to Hollywood. She would eventually feature in 11 films and star in over 60 television productions.

Kelly was one of the highest paid and most respected actresses in the world. In

1955, she was asked to join the United States Delegation Committee at the Cannes Film Festival in France. During a photo shoot, she met Prince Rainier III of Monaco, who happened to be seeking a bride. If he didn’t produce an heir, Monaco would become part of France. The prince once described his ideal bride: “I see her with long hair floating in the wind, the color of autumn leaves. Her eyes are blue or violet, with flecks of gold.” The press glamorized their courtship, depicting it as a fairytale romance. A year later, their wedding date was set.

After marrying Prince Rainier on April 19, 1956, in a very public and ornate ceremony, Kelly abandoned her acting career in order to become Princess

Consort of Monaco. She was also required to give up her American citizenship, and Prince Rainier banned her films in Monaco.

The royal couple had three children: Princess Caroline, Prince Albert, and Princess Stéphanie. Despite many attempts by filmmakers to lure Princess Grace back into the film industry, she resisted, embracing her role as a ceremonial leader of Monaco. She

became very involved in many cultural and charitable organizations over the course of her life. Though some believe she deeply missed her acting career, she often spoke of the rampant problems afflicting the film industry: “Hollywood amuses me. Holier-than-thou for the public and unholier-than-the-devil in reality.”

Tragedy struck on September 14, 1982, when Princess Grace and her younger daughter was driving along the steep cliffs of the Côte d’Azur region of southern France. She suffered a stroke and lost control of the vehicle, which spun off the cliff’s edge and plunged down a 45-foot embankment. Mother and daughter were rushed to a hospital where Princess Grace spent 24 hours in a coma before passing away at the age of 52. Princess Stéphanie survived with minor injuries.

Grace Kelly remained in the public eye for most of her life. Her on-screen beauty, self-confidence, and mystery enchanted the world, and her serenity and poise as Princess Consort piqued the media’s attention. Of this attention, she remarked with typical humor and grace, “The freedom of the press works in such a way that there is not much freedom from it.”

 

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Biography of Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli is the master of the ruffle and the very sexy dress.  No master of understatement he – leopard print and a plunging neckline are his trademarks. The message of his look extends to his lavish lifestyle, with his Tuscan home and pool and yacht.

Kate Moss and Gisele Bundchen are two of his favourite postergirls, and the designer – who famously “loves women” – has dressed many other musicians, including Shakira, Jennifer Lopez and Christina Aguilera.

  • Roberto Cavalli was born in 1940 - and he’s still designing in his Seventies.
  • He hit the headlines in 2007 for designing the concert attire for the Spice Girls’ World Tour.
  • The brand has diversified in many ways including Roberto Cavalli Vodka, childrenswear, jeans, homewares and menswear.
  • Cavalli designed an exclusive line at H&M in 2007.
Biography from VogueUK.com

Biography of Phoebe Philo

PHOEBE PHILO has put the sartorial sparkle into Celine. Born in Paris, the British designer was educated in London and went on to study at Central Saint Martins, graduating in 1996.

Philo joined the house of Chloe in 1997 as first assistant on its ready-to-wear and moved to Paris. In 2001  she was appointed creative director of the label, taking over from Stella McCartney – who had taken on Philo as her design assistant at Chloe. In October of that year, Philo presented her first ready-to-wear collection for the house and in 2002 launched Chloe’s accessories line. In 2005, Philo was honoured with the British Designer of the Year accolade by the British Fashion Council. During her reign at Chloe, the label was transformed into a luxury global brand, winning critical and commercial acclaim for both its ready-to-wear and accessories offerings. Philo resigned from Chloe in 2006 and moved back to London. During this time she had her second child. After a break from the industry, Philo was appointed creative director at Celine and made board member of Celina SA. Of joining the label, she said at the time: “It will be whatever I make it for the time I’m there.” She presented her debut pre-spring 2010 collection in June 2009 and her full spring/summer 2010 collection in October of that year.

Philo lives and works in London with her husband, gallery owner Max Wigram, and her two children.

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Biography of Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld is the master of reinvention, having transformed himself as well as his labels. He is the current designer for Chanel, Fendi and his eponymous label. He has previously designed for Chloe and created a range for H&M.

Karl Lagerfeld was born in Hamburg in 1938. He has one older sister, Martha Christiane, who was born in 1931 and an older half-sister, Thea, from his father’s first marriage.

Lagerfeld was originally born Karl Otto Lagerfeldt, but Karl removed the ‘t’ as he wrote in his book, The Karl Lagerfeld Diet, that it sounded “more commercial”.

Lagerfeld emigrated to Paris at the age of 14.

He has previously designed costumes for La Scala opera.

Karl speaks several languages and owns 7L – a bookshop in Paris. He has also published books of his art photography.

In 1955, at the age of 17, Lagerfeld worked at Pierre Balmain, after winning a competition. He then worked for Jean Patou, Krizia, Charles Jourdan and Valentino.

In 1967, he joined Fendi, then Chloe the following decade.

He joined Chanel in 1983, returning briefly to Chloe in 1993 to replace outgoing designer Martine Sitbon.

In 1984, he launched his own name Karl Lagerfeld label which, he said, would channel “intellectual sexiness”.

By 1997, Vogue crowned Lagerfeld “unparalleled interpreter of the mood of the moment”.

Lagerfeld is famous for having lost a lot of weight and bringing out a diet book, The Karl Lagerfeld Diet. He lost 90lbs on a diet which included eating tuna and blackberry mousse. He said “I think that fashion is the healthiest motivation for losing weight.” He also revealed that dieting isn’t any fun: “You have to be a real bore like me for it to work.”

In 2005, Lagerfeld sold his own name brands (Lagerfeld Gallery and Lagerfeld), to Tommy Hilfiger, but maintained full design involvement.

In March 2005, Lagerfeld spoke of his mother, thanking her for the fact he had never smoked. He said “‘If you smoke, you hands are always on show, and yours aren’t particularly nice,’ she said. I’ve never had a cigarette. I wanted to please her because she hated anything second-rate.”

Lagerfeld designed two footwear lines for Italian label Hogan in 2010.

It was announced in March 2011 that Lagerfeld would design Lily Allen’s wedding dress, for her marriage to Sam Cooper in June 2011.

Karl said in May 2011 that he wasn’t a big technology man: “I don’t use cell phones. I read, I write, I love faxes, I like to take notes. I hate to be on the phone, I think it’s an intrusion. I’m reading, I’m sketching, I don’t want to be interrupted,” he said.

 

Biography from VogueUK.com

Biography of Elie Saab

Elie Saab was born in Beirut, Lebanon, on July 4th 1964. He was only six years old, when he first showed signs of his future flair, designing clothes while other children played. His parents thought he might become a tailor.
In 1981 he went to Paris, intending to study fashion, but was impatient to get started on making clothes. So he returned to Beirut and set up his own workshop in 1982.
His atelier started right from the beginning to make evening gowns and wedding dresses. His clothes were a mixture of Oriental and Western styles.
During the 1980′s, his collections attracted many clients, including Princesses and his reputation built up.
His signature style of making garments using rich fabrics, lace, detailed embroidery, pearls, crystals and silk threads, put Saab in a league of his own.
By 1986 orders were pouring in and jet setters and high rollers were after his creations. During the 1990′s, he took a bigger atelier and started fulfilling orders from Paris and Switzerland.
In 1997 Saab was the first non-Italian designer to become a member of the Italian Camera Nazionale della Moda, and so in 1997, Elie showed his first collection outside Lebanon, which was in Rome.
In 1998, he started ready-to-wear in Milan. In the same year, he held his fashion show in Monaco, attended by Princess Stephanie.
His evening gowns are very renowned for their elegance. He always shows at least ten wedding gowns with every collection. Nowadays, he dresses many Hollywood film stars and attractive American women.
He became particularly well-known in early 2002, when Halle Berry wore his red gown to receive her Oscar Award. She was the first black woman recipient of an Oscar, and Saab was the first Lebanese designer to dress an Oscar winner.
In May 2003, the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture invited him to become a member, and he showed his first haute couture collection in Paris in July 2003. His first ready-to-wear collection in Paris was the Spring-Summer 2006 collection, and Paris is now his permanent ready-to-wear runway.
Saab has his headquarters in Beirut, with offices in New York and Paris. His ready-to-wear line is made in Italy. He has 60 retail outlets all over the world, 18 of them in the United States.
He is now preparing to move into his own new multi-story building in the Beirut Central District, which should be completed soon.
Biography from fashionmodeldirectory.com

Biography of Monique Lhuillier

Born Diane Monique Lhuillier, c. 1971, in Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines; daughter of Michel (a jeweler and real estate investor) and Amparito (a real estate investor) Lhuillier; married Tom Bugbee (a retail executive), 1996; children: Jack Nicholas. Education: Graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, 1995.

Began career as designer with Melivier; launched eponymous bridal design company, 1996; opened first retail store in Beverly Hills, CA, 2001; launched home-furnishings, fine china, and handbag lines, 2007.

Monique Lhuillier’s understated but luxurious bridal designs have earned her a devoted clientele since she launched her business in 1996. Her second line of eveningwear has also garnered accolades and an impressive roster of clients, including Angelina Jolie, Jessica Simpson, and Tyra Banks, but Lhuillier’s best-known celebrity commission may be the dress she designed for pop star Britney Spears for her 2004 wedding to Kevin Federline. “On special occasions women should shine from within,” Lhuillier explained to InStyle writer Hal Rubenstein about her design ethos. “Their glamour should be clean. No overaccessorizing, no overstyling. It’s always dangerous to go out there in something that is not you. People should notice your personality first, not your dress.”

Born in the early 1970s, Lhuillier (pronounced LOO-lee-ay) grew up on Cebu, one of the islands of the Philippines archipelago, in a home with two brothers and a sister. Their father was of French heritage, but had been born in Vietnam when that southeast Asian country was still a French colony, and had a varied career as a diplomat, jeweler, and real estate investor. Lhuillier’s mother was from the Philippines and had once worked as a model. The Lhuilliers’ cosmopolitan household was the setting for extravagant soirees, which the future designer recalled as an inadvertent influence on her choice of career.

Lhuillier’s parents kept a firm check on their daughters’ own sophisticated tendencies, however, and both were forbidden from wearing black clothes during their teen years. Their mother designed their clothes and, when they were still quite young, sewed them herself—a hobby at which she proved so talented that for a time she even ran a small home business. Later, the daughters’ clothes were made by seamstresses, and Lhuillier became en- tranced by the design process. “At 12, 13, 14, I was with my local designer and we would sketch,” she told W writer Bridget Foley. “I loved it. My parents would say, ‘Okay, we’ve got these events. Go and decide what you want to wear.’”

At age 15, Lhuillier left home for Lausanne, Switzerland, to enter a boarding school, Chateau Mont-Choisi. Her plans for college centered on fashion design, but her parents were wary about allowing her to move by herself to where her first-choice schools were located, New York City. Los Angeles, where her brothers and sister had attended college, was more suitable, and so she enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising there, sharing a house with her siblings. Lhuillier enjoyed the creative laboratory of design school, and her final project, featuring a bridal theme, foreshadowed her future career path. When she graduated, she found a job with Melivier, a sportswear maker, but came to realize that the job was not conducive to creative thinking.

Lhuillier met her future husband, Tom Bugbee, in Los Angeles when he was working on his graduate business degree. She quit her job to plan the wedding, and her first inkling that the bridal market was in need of some fresh blood came when she went to shop for her own dress. Hoping to find something modern, she found instead that “sleeves were too big and bodices too junked up with beads,” she told InStyle ‘s Rubenstein, and was particularly appalled by the excess of lace in most designs. “They all made me feel dowdy,” she recalled.

Fortunately, Lhuillier was able to find a dress that met her expectations, but did put her fashion degree to work in designing the 25 dresses for her relatives and members of her bridal party. The wedding reception was at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey, California, and as the party was winding down she was informed by the hotel’s front desk staff that “I had business cards waiting for me,” she told People writer Allison Adato. “They were left by people asking if I could design for their weddings. That’s when I knew I could make a business out of this.”

Lhuillier launched her company a year later, in 1996, with the help of a $20,000 loan from her parents. She made a few calls and found out when the next trade show for the bridal-wear industry would be held, and in the space of a month made six different bridal gowns, plus several bridesmaids’ dresses, and showed them off at a booth she rented at the event. When it ended, she had signed five bridal stores as her first accounts. Her husband, apprising the onslaught of interest, decided to quit his job as a retail consultant and work with her full-time on the new business. Within a few years they launched a side eveningwear division that also proved to be lucrative, with Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus placing orders from the onset. In 2001, she opened her first retail space in Beverly Hills, California, near her home.

Lhuillier’s business soared in earnest, however, when she scored two significant public-relations coups in fall of 2004: For the Emmy Awards ceremony that September, several stars showed off Monique Lhuillier gowns on the red carpet, including Jamie-Lynn DiScala of The Sopranos and Will & Grace star Megan Mullally. Several weeks later, paparazzi photos appeared overnight of Britney Spears’ top-secret wedding, and Spears’ elaborate dress was revealed to be a Lhuillier creation. The designer had signed a confidentiality agreement that kept the details of the dress—and even the wedding date and place—top-secret, and worked overtime with her staff when Spears moved the nuptials up four weeks. The singer, Lhuillier told Kim Palmer in an interview that appeared in the Star Tribune of Minneapolis, “came up with the idea of the gloves and the beaded neckpiece. It looked like a necklace but was part of the gown.”

Lhuillier’s husband serves as chief executive officer of her company. They became parents to a son, Jack, who was born in 2006. By then she was already working on her next design project, a line of home furnishings and fine china, both launched in 2007 along with a line of handbags. Her bridal business remains her core focus, however, and she often counsels brides-to-be who, like she once nervously did, are searching for the dress of their dreams. “Go into the store with an open mind,” she told the Star Tribune ‘s Palmer when asked for her advice. “Don’t be limited; try on all kinds of silhouettes. And don’t bring too many people with you. Everyone has their own opinion and it confuses the issue.”

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Biography of Tom Ford

om Ford was born in Austin, Texas in 1962, but spent most of his childhood years back in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His mother was a colorful Southern lady who had 6 husbands and a cupboard full of Courreges suits. She taught him that being badly dressed was disrespectful of others. He spent most of his childhood worrying about how he looked. At 12 she bought him a pair of Gucci loafers.

Tom Ford enrolled on an art history course at New York University and was also trained as an actor. It was there he discovered the seminal Studio 54 nightclub and Warhol’s Factory, where he met pop artist Andy Warhol for the first time. From then on, school was out and partying was in, in, in. Signing up as a model – at one point he had no fewer than 12 TV commercials running at the same time – he dropped out of NYU after his freshman year. Tom Ford transferred to Parsons School of Design in New York studying interior architecture. He later moved on to finish his studies at Parsons in Paris, France. By the end of the course Ford realised he wanted to work in fashion. As soon as he completed his studies in 1986, Ford quickly returned to New York where he began his professional training.

In 1986, he joined the creative staff of the American famous designer Cathy Hardwick. Then, in 1988, a big career move came up when he made the transition to Perry Ellis where he took on the position of Design Director under Marc Jacobs. Tom didn’t make a name for himself in the business until he relocated to Europe in 1990 and landed a position with Gucci. Tom’s partner, journalist Richard Buckley, had become ill with cancer and, after he was given the all-clear at the start of the Nineties, the two decided to leave the stress of New York behind and head for Italy.

Ford was hired by Gucci’s then creative director Dawn Mello (previous head of purchase with Bergdorf-Goodman) as chief women’s ready-to-wear designer. A few years passed, and in 1992, he moved up the corporate ladder of the fashion world and once again took on the role of Design Director. Business went bad for Gucci and Tom Ford was almost fired by Maurizio Gucci in 1993, but this was counteracted by Domenico de Sole, director of Gucci America Inc.

When, in 1994, Gucci was acquired by a Bahrain-based investment firm called Investcorp, Ford was promoted to creative director. This meant that he was responsible for the design and conception of all product lines within the company; clothing, perfumes, and more. He also had to create and carry through the company’s image, its advertising campaigns and store design. Tom Ford went on to become arguably the most influential designer of the last decade.

In his first year at the helm, he was credited with putting the glamour back into fashion introducing Halston-style velvet hipsters, skinny satin shirts and car-finish metallic patent boots. Gucci became a byword for desirability, offering the most aspirational and hedonistic kind of fashion.

In 1995, he brought in French stylist Carine Roitfeld and photographer Mario Testino to create a series of new, modern ad campaigns for the company. In March 1995 when Amber Valletta sauntered down the catwalk in blue velvet hipsters and a skinny apple-green satin shirt, the lights went on in the house of Gucci. She personified Gucci glamour, dangerous, sexy, modern and slightly rough. Madonna wore his outfit to the MTV music awards.

 

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