Stella McCartney was born in 1971, the daughter of ex-Beatle Sir Paul and Linda McCartney.
Stella began her fashion training in London’s Savile Row at Edward Sexton. Her own company still offers tailored women-only bespoke tailoring only a few streets away.
She studied at St Martin’s College of Art and Design in London. Her college graduation show in 1995 was a sell out, with the help of her supermodel friends Naoimi Campbell, Kate Moss and Yasmin LeBon. A signature style of sharp tailoring, natural confidence and sexy femininity was immediately apparent in her first collection.
In 1997 she was appointed Creative Director of Chloe – a relationship that proved to be successful.
Her own label was launched in 2001 as a joint venture with the Gucci Group. The brand’s luxury ready-to-wear, shoes, bags, fragrances, eyewear, accessories, organic skin care range and performance range with Adidas are available through its acclaimed flagship stores and around 600 luxury stores in key cities worldwide.
She has a sportswear range with Adidas by Stella McCartney and in tandem with Adidas has developed the Team GB Uniforms for London 2012.
Stella McCartney has a strict ‘no animal policy” – Her designs to not utilise fur, leather, wool, silk, and other animal-derived fabrics. Stella along with her father Paul McCartney support PETA who protest against designers who use animal fur and those who wear it.
In November 2009, Stella McCartney collaborated with the Gap on a baby and children’s wear collection which was extended into a second season in March 2010.
November 2010 marks the launch of Stella McCartney Kids, a collection catering for newborns and children up to the age of 12.