Stella McCartney was born on September 13, 1971 in London. She graduated from St. Martin’s in 1995 and her final year collection had the rare accolade of being bought by influential stores such as browns, Joseph, Bergdorf Goodman, and Neiman Marcus. She launched her own line immediately on leaving college.
Her style of combining sharp tailoring with humor and sexy femininity was immediately apparent in her first collection. In 1997, after only two collections, she became the creative director of the house of Chloe in Paris. Chloe’s commercial success was stratospheric since her arrival and her collections and advertising campaigns for the house of Chloe were universally praised by both buyers and press.
Stella was awarded the VH1/Vogue Fashion and Music 2000 Designer of the year award. In April of 2001 Stella resigned from Chloe and launched her own fashion house under her name in partnership with Gucci Group. In October 2001 Stella showed her Spring/Summer 2002 collection in Paris. Following the collection, Stella announced the launch of a perfume in 2003. In January 2002 Stella and Gary Hume presented a collaboration of handmade t-shirts and dresses at the Thaddaeus Rapac gallery in Paris. Asilent auction was held on the night and the proceeds donated to RAWA.