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 and men’s ready-to-wear, accessories, lingerie, eyewear, fragrance and kids.
Stella McCartney now operates 51 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 77 countries through 863 doors 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 mainline 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 adapted the designer’s eco-friendly ethos and have since expanded into optical and kids styles.
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.
2016 was another big year for the designer, launching the new fragrance POP; in the moment, bold, and irreverent, the scent for a new generation of women. During the summer she unveiled her first full swim collection of naturally feminine, naturally confident and modern designs without compromising on functionality and fit. Additionally, the designer was once again appointed as Team GB’s Creative Director by adidas for the Summer 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Most recently the designer debuted her first ever menswear collection under her eponymous brand label.
Stella McCartney’s commitment to sustainability is evident throughout all her collections and is part of the brand’s ethos to being a responsible, honest, and modern company.
Created #Stellavision, a channel for our #StellaCommUnity to come together during lockdown
Launched Stellawear, a sustainable innovation fusing lingerie and swimwear
First designer to cover American Vogue
Green Fashion Award Ground Breaker Award, Milan
WWD Honours Corporate Citizenship Award, New York
Clio Award for the Breast Cancer Campaign film featuring Idris Elba
Stella X Taylor Swift collaboration
BOF Gala Global Voices Award, London
Honoured by the David Lynch Foundation Women of Vision Luncheon, New York
Clio Award for “No less a woman” content film
Stella repurchases Kering’s stake in company
United Nations Sustainable Fashion Charter
Presented with Special Recognition Award for Innovation at the Fashion Awards.
Awarded British Brand of the Year at the ELLE Style Awards.
First Menswear Collection launch for Spring 2017.
Launched first complete swim collection combining style with functionality and fit.
Launched the new fragrance POP; the scent for a new generation of women.
Designed exclusive lingerie set for Breast Cancer Awareness with a campaign featuring Chelsea Handler .
Designed Post Double Mastectomy Compression Bra.
Designed the White Ribbon badge for the campaign to raise awareness on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women by the Kering Foundation for the fifth year running.
In the ongoing effort to reduced negative environmental impact the brand only uses Regenerated Cashmere.
All viscose used in Stella McCartney products is sustainable in the order to help prevent deforestation.
Announced First Global Environmental Profit and Loss Account for 2015 in which overall environmental impact of materials used reduced by 35% in last three years, whilst enjoying best business performance of the brand since its launch.
Awarded Brand of the Year at the British Fashion Awards.
Launched Stellasport, a brand new range in partnership with adidas for action girls.
Appointed team GB’s Creative Director by adidas for the 2016 Olympic Summer Games & Paralympics in Rio.
Launched new eyewear licensee partnership with Kering Eyewear.
Designed exclusive lingerie set for Breast Cancer Awareness month and Post Double Mastectomy Compression Bra.
Designed the White Ribbon badge for the campaign to raise awareness on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women by the Kering Foundation for the fourth year running.
Designed a limited edition t-shirt collection for kids and women for War Child UK, to raise awareness and provide support to some of the most vulnerable children living in conflict zones around the world.
Women’s Leadership Award, Lincoln Center Corporate Fund, New York.
Corporate Social Responsibility, Walpole Awards, London.
Collaborated with English artist Gary Hume for the Autumn 2014 collection featuring his illustrations on ready-to-wear pieces.
Launched Maleficent by Stella McCartney Kids Capsule Collection.
Launched the 2014 London Stella McCartney Green Carpet Collection, a sustainable eveningwear collection.
Joined the Jaguar FEEL XE campaign for the launch of Jaguar’s most fuel efficient car.
Designed exclusive lingerie set for Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Collaborated with Canon for the limited edition Linda camera bag.
Designed the White Ribbon badge for the campaign to raise awareness on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women by the Kering Foundation for the third year running.
Partnered with NGO Canopy and made the commitment to ensure all viscose and other cellulose fabrics are sustainably certified by 2017.
First fashion brand to join the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network.
Joined the Cradle to Cradle Fashion Positive Initiative, a comprehensive program that enables the continuous improvement of the sustainability of products and development of sustainable and innovative materials.
Launch of the Clevercare initiative, all clothing will feature the clever care logo – a simple reminder to consider the environment when washing and caring for your garments.
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.
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.
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.
Appointed team GB’s Creative Director by adidas for the Olympic Summer Games and Paralympics.
Partnered with NRDC on their Clean By Design program, the first luxury brand to participate and bring the program to Europe.
Red Carpet Award, The British Fashion Council, London.
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.
Launched limited edition costume jewelry in collaboration with Disney in celebration of the Tim Burton film Alice In Wonderland.
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.
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.
Best Designer of The Year, The Spanish Elle Awards, Barcelona.
Green Designer of the Year, ACE Awards, New York.
Launched a one-off limited edition travel collection with LeSportsac.
International Designer of the Year, ELLE Style Awards, London.
Best Designer of the Year, The ELLE Style Award, London.
Best Designer of The Year, The British Style Awards, London.
Launched care by Stella McCartney, the first luxury skincare range with 100% organic active ingredients.
Collaborated with artist Jeff Koons on Spring/Summer 2006 collection using his prints on dresses and accessories shown in Paris.
Woman of the Year, Organic Style, New York.
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.
Launched adidas by Stella McCartney, a collection of high performance sportswear for women across a wide range of disciplines including running, yoga, tennis and swim.
Best Designer of the Year, The Glamour Awards, London.
Star Honouree, Fashion Group International Night of Stars, New York.
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.”
Woman of Courage honoree, Unforgettable Evening event, Los Angeles.
Launched Absolut Stella campaign with illustrations by David Remfry also featured in her own brand’s ad campaign that same year.
Style Icon, Elle Style Awards, London.
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.
Designer of the Year, The Rover British Fashion Awards, London.
Designer of the Year, VH1/Vogue Fashion and Music Awards, New York.
British Designer of the Year, The ELLE Style Awards, London.
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