Born and raised in London and the English countryside, Stella McCartney graduated from Central St Martins in 1995. A signature style of sharp tailoring, natural confidence and sexy femininity was immediately apparent in her first collection and after only two collections, in 1997, she was appointed the Creative Director of Chloe in Paris and enjoyed great success during her tenure.
Stella McCartney launched her own fashion house under her name in a partnership with Kering as a 50/50 joint venture and showed her first collection in Paris in October 2001. A lifelong vegetarian, Stella McCartney does not use any leather or fur in her designs. Her collections include women’s ready-to-wear, accessories, lingerie, eyewear, fragrance and kids.
Stella McCartney now operates 33 freestanding stores in locations including Manhattan’s Soho, London’s Mayfair and Brompton Cross, LA’s West Hollywood, Paris’ Palais Royal, Milan, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. Her collections are now distributed in over 70 countries through 600 wholesale accounts including specialty shops, and department stores, as well as shipping to 100 countries online.
In 2003, Stella McCartney launched her first perfume “Stella.” In addition to the main line collection, a long-term partnership with adidas was introduced in September 2004. The critically acclaimed sports performance collection adidas by Stella McCartney, has since successfully grown to include several athletic disciplines including running, gym, yoga, tennis, swimming, winter sports and cycling.
In 2008, a new lingerie collection of aspirational styles that reflect a modern woman’s needs was launched. In Winter 2010 Stella McCartney introduced the Falabella handbag, distinguish by a braided chain detail the bag has since become one of the designer’s best-selling items. Also in 2010 the first Stella McCartney Kids collection debuted, capturing the spirit and energy of kids today for boys, girls and babies ages newborn to 14 years. In 2011 all Stella McCartney’s sunglasses compliment her collections and are eco-friendly; which has since also expanded into optical.
For the Olympic Summer Games in 2012, Stella McCartney was appointed Team GB’s Creative Director by adidas – the first time in the history of the games that a leading fashion designer has designed the apparel for a country’s team across all competitions for both the Olympic and the Paralympic Games. In celebration of London in 2012, Stella McCartney presented a one-off capsule evening collection during London Fashion Week.
Stella McCartney’s commitment to sustainability is evident through-out all her collections and is part of the brand’s ethos to being a responsible, honest, and modern company.
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Stella McCartney’s achievement in fashion and social awareness has been recognized on numerous occasions including the following:
2013 Best International Designer of the Year, The Elle Style Award, London
Conscious Award, H&M & Elle Awards, Stockholm
Presented with an OBE, Order of the British Empire, award for excellence and service in the fashion industry.
2012 British Designer of the Year, Harper’s Bazaar Woman of the Year Awards
International Award, Telva magazine’s, Madrid
Brand of the Year, Luxury Briefing Awards, London
Designer of Year and Brand of the Year, The British Fashion Council, London
Honorary Fellowship from the University of the Arts London; funding a new scholarship at Central Saint Martins for designers who adhere to her ethical view
2011 Red Carpet Award, The British Fashion Council, London
2009 Honoured by the Natural Resources and Defense Council, New York
Featured in the Time 100, New York
Named a Woman of the Year, Glamour magazine Women of the Year Awards, New York
2008 Best Designer of The Year, The Spanish Elle Awards, Barcelona
Green Designer of the Year, ACE Awards, New York
2007 International Designer of the Year, Elle Style Awards, London
Best Designer of the Year, The Elle Style Award for Award, London
Best Designer of The Year, The British Style Awards, London
2005 Woman of the Year, Organic Style, New York
2004 Best Designer of the Year, The Glamour Award, London
Star Honouree, Fashion Group International Night of Stars, New York
2003 Woman of Courage honoree, Unforgettable Evening event, Los Angeles
2002 Style Icon, Elle Style Awards, London
2000 Designer of the Year, The Rover British Fashion Awards, London
Designer of the Year, VH1/Vogue Fashion and Music Awards, New York
1999 British Designer of the Year, The Elle Style Awards, London
Stella McCartney’s special projects and collaboration have included:
2014 Launched a partnership with The Nature Conservancy and Ovis XXI introducing a new luxury sustainable wool for Autumn 2014 originating from Patagonia in support of the restoration and conservation of the land.
Collaborated with English artist Gary Hume for the Autumn 2014 collection featuring his illustrations on ready-to-wear pieces.
2013 Designed exclusive t-shirts for the Red Nose Day 2013 campaign to benefit Comic Relief charity in the UK.
Launched the Stella McCartney x goop capsule collection, a luxury designer collaboration available exclusively on goop.com, the digital and e-commerce site founded by Gwyneth Paltrow.
2012 Appointed team GB’s Creative Director by adidas for the Olympic Summer Games and Paralympics.
2011 Created the costumes for the New York City Ballet’s Ocean’s Kingdom , the ballet collaboration between Paul McCartney and Peter Martins which premiered in New York.
Launched an ongoing partnership with the International Trade Center’s Ethical Fashion Program (ITC) creating accessories hand made from printing to stitching in Kenya.
2010 Launched limited edition costume jewelry in collaboration with Disney in celebration of the Tim Burton film Alice In Wonderland.
2009 Launched the 2 season collaboration collection of Stella McCartney for Gap Kids.
Designed exclusive t-shirts for the Red Nose Day 2009 campaign to benefit Comic Relief charity in the UK.
Launched MEAT FREE MONDAY, an awareness campaign in the UK.
Designed a capsule collection featuring limited edition prints by artist Peter Blake for Net-a-porter.
2008 Launched a one-off limited edition travel collection with LeSportsac.
2007 Launched care by Stella McCartney, the first luxury skincare range with 100% organic active ingredients.
2006 Collaborated with artist Jeff Koons on Spring/Summer 2006 collection using his prints on dresses and accessories shown in Paris.
2005 The hugely successful one-off collection “Stella McCartney for H&M” sold out worldwide in record time.
Collaborated with cartoonist Robert Crumb on a limited edition t-shirt.
2004 Designed specially made costumes for Madonna’s Reinvention Tour, Annie Lennox’s summer concert tour and the wardrobe for Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law in the film, “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.”
2003 Launched Absolut Stella campaign with illustrations by David Remfry also featured in her own brand’s ad campaign that same year.
2002 Collaborated with artist Gary Hume in handmade t-shirts for a silent auction to benefit RAWA, an organization for Afghan women’s rights, at the Thaddeus Ropac gallery in Paris.