– International Fashion Designer Julien Macdonald OBE, studied fashion knitwear at the University of Brighton and received his MA at the Royal College of Art in London.
Soon after the success of his RCA graduation show his talent caught the attention of Karl Lagerfield and was appointed head designer of knitwear at Chanel.
Julien Macdonald launched his own label in 1997 and there began his reputation as a leading British fashion designer whose high octane and glamorous designs were soon to be coveted by international stars such as Kate Beckinsale, Beyonce, Kristen Stewart, Heidi Klum, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Naomi Campbell, Jennifer Lopez and Taylor Swift to name but a few.
In 2001, Julien Macdonald was named at the Elle Style Awards, British Designer Of The Year and the same year he was appointed as successor to Alexander McQueen as creative director of the French fashion house Givenchy, designing both Haute couture and ready-to-wear collections.
In 2003 Julien received the British Glamour Designer Of The Year Award and GQ Womenswear Designer Of The Year, a further nod to his status as an important member of British fashion. It didn’t stop there as Julien was also nominated the following year at the Olivier Awards for his costume designs for the Richard Alston Dance Company’s ‘Shimmer’ at Sadler’s Wells Theatre.
In 2004 Julien decided to focus on his own label and was awarded an Order of the British Empire for his services to the fashion industry.
Julien is the king of glamour and his shows at London Fashion week are always eagerly anticipated and celebrity packed fashion extravaganzas.