STELLA NINA MCCARTNEY,
OBE (born 13 September 1971) is an English
fashion designer . She is the daughter of former Beatles member Paul
McCartney and American musician, photographer and animal rights
Linda McCartney . Like her mother, McCartney is a firm
supporter of animal rights and is particularly known for her use of
vegetarian and animal-free alternatives in her work.
* 1 Early life
* 2 Career
* 2.1 Beginning
* 2.2 Collaborations
* 2.3 Team GB
* 3 Awards and media
* 4 Personal life
* 5 References
* 6 External links
McCartney was born in
London , the second child of Beatle
Paul McCartney and American photographer Linda McCartney
(1941–1998). She is named after her maternal great-grandmothers
(both of Linda McCartney's grandmothers were named Stella). As a young
girl, McCartney travelled the globe with her parents and their group
Wings , along with her siblings: older half-sister Heather (who was
legally adopted by Paul McCartney), older sister Mary , and younger
brother James . According to her father, the name of Wings was
inspired by Stella's difficult birth. As his daughter was being born
by emergency caesarean section , Paul sat outside the operating room
and prayed that she be born "on the wings of an angel."
Despite their fame, the McCartneys wanted their children to lead as
normal a life as possible, so Stella and her siblings attended local
state schools in
East Sussex , one of them being
Bexhill College .
McCartney has said that while attending state school, she was a victim
of bullying , as well as being a bully herself.
McCartney became interested in designing clothes as a youth. At age
thirteen, she designed her first jacket. Three years later, she
Christian Lacroix , working on her first haute couture
collection, honing her skills working for
Edward Sexton , her father's
Savile Row tailor for a number of years.
She studied her foundation at Ravensbourne College of Design and
Communication , followed by Fashion Design at
Central Saint Martins in
the early 1990s: she graduated in 1995. Her graduation collection was
modelled by friends and supermodels
Naomi Campbell ,
Yasmin Le Bon
Yasmin Le Bon and
Kate Moss – for free – at the graduation runway show. The
collection was shown to a song penned by her famous father, called
"Stella May Day." The show made front-page news, and the entire
collection was sold to Tokyo, a
London boutique. The designs were
licensed to Browns , Joseph,
Bergdorf Goodman and
Neiman Marcus . In
1998, she designed her sister Mary 's wedding dress for her wedding to
television producer Alistair Donald.
A lifelong vegetarian , McCartney does not use any leather or fur in
The Guardian described her in 2015 as a "consistent and
vocal" supporter of animal rights. She supports
PETA . Some of
McCartney's designs have text that elaborates on her "no animal"
policy; for example, one of her jackets for
Adidas says, "suitable for
sporty vegetarians" on the sleeve. A pair of her vinyl and ultrasuede
boots were marketed specifically as being vegan-friendly, although her
use of oil-based synthetics still raised ecological concerns.
However, she does use wool, silk, and other animal-derived fabrics in
In March 1997 McCartney was appointed creative director of Paris
Chloé , following in the footsteps of
Karl Lagerfeld .
Lagerfeld was less than impressed with the house's choice, stating,
Chloé should have taken a big name. They did, but in music, not
fashion. Let's hope she's as gifted as her father." Despite initial
skepticism, McCartney's designs have enjoyed considerable commercial
and critical success. She was accompanied to
Chloé by her assistant
Phoebe Philo , who later replaced her as design director.
Stella McCartney's store in West Hollywood
In 2001, McCartney launched her own fashion house under her name in a
joint venture with
Gucci Group (now
Kering ) and showed her first
collection in Paris. McCartney now operates 17 freestanding stores in
locations including Manhattan’s Soho, London’s Mayfair, LA’s
West Hollywood, Paris’ Palais Royal, Barcelona's Passeig de Gracia
and Milan, and recently opened doors in Rome, Miami and Houston. Her
collections are now distributed in over 50 countries through 600
wholesale accounts including specialty shops and department stores.
In 2003, McCartney launched her first perfume, Stella. In January
2007, McCartney launched a skincare line, CARE. The 100% organic line
includes seven products, from a cleansing milk made with lemon balm
and apricot to green tea and linden blossom floral water.
In 2008, she launched a new lingerie line.
In November 2010, the
Stella McCartney Kids collection was launched
for newborns and children up to age 12.
In June 2012, McCartney invited the
Soul Rebels Brass Band to perform
at her 2013 spring fashion presentation hosted at the New York Marble
Cemetery in New York City on 11 June 2012. Other guests invited to the
Anne Hathaway ,
Jim Carrey ,
Anna Wintour , Annie
Lauren Hutton ,
Amy Poehler ,
Solange Knowles , P'Trique,
Greta Gerwig and
André Leon Talley . Also in 2012, McCartney was part
of the book "The sustainable Fashion Handbook"
In November 2016, McCartney launched her first menswear collection.
The collection is made up of many athleisure, pyjama-like casual
outfits. McCartney said her father had provided inspiration for the
Stella McCartney was the designer of clothes for Madonna 's
Re-Invention Tour ,
Annie Lennox 's summer tour, and Gwyneth Paltrow
Jude Law 's costumes for the film Sky Captain and The World of
Tomorrow . "Stella McCartney" reads beneath the
Adidas logo on
this dress worn by
Caroline Wozniacki at the 2010 US Open.
She also launched a joint-venture line with
Adidas , establishing a
long-term partnership with the corporation in September 2004. This
line is a sports performance collection for women.
In 2005, she designed a range of clothing and accessories for H"> On
12 March 2007, McCartney's limited edition 42-piece range was released
to just 100 Target stores exclusively in Australia. The range was
priced from $30 for a silk scarf to $200 for a taffeta trench coat .
In January 2008, McCartney's collaboration with lingerie label Bendon
was scheduled to be released to department stores, speciality stores
Stella McCartney stores. McCartney was also scheduled, in early
2008, to release a line of handbags for
LeSportsac . The collection
has 30–40 styles and priced at $200–500. The collection consists
of travel bags, luggage, baby accessories and bags for mothers with
infants and toddlers. The line is sold at high end retailers, the Los
Angeles and New York
Stella McCartney stores, select LeSportsac
boutiques, and will be available for purchase online.
Since starting her own label, McCartney has also collaborated on
projects with several artists including
Gary Hume , R. Crumb , Jeff
David Remfry and
Ed Ruscha .
In January 2010, McCartney announced she would be collaborating with
Disney to create an
Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland -inspired jewelry collection.
In July of the same year, together with
PETA and eco designer Atom
Cianfarani , McCartney worked to petition the British Ministry of
Defence to cease the use of Canadian Black Bears as the fur for their
guards' hats. As of yet, the Military has not taken up the change.
In October 2010, Stella relaunched her Designers for Target range in
Australia. Priced at A$30–249, it proved less popular than its
In July 2011 she participated at the catwalk of
The Brandery fashion
In September 2011 Stella McCartney’s costume designs for the New
York City Ballet ’s Ocean\'s Kingdom premiered in New York.
In September 2010,
Stella McCartney was appointed Team GB’s
Creative Director for the 2012 Olympics 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 March 2012 the Team
GB kit was publicly displayed. McCartney continued in this role for
2016 Summer Olympics
2016 Summer Olympics .
AWARDS AND MEDIA
Stella McCartney received the
VH1 /Vogue Designer of the Year award
in 2000 in New York.
Paul McCartney presented the award to his
daughter. She thanked him in her acceptance speech and dedicated the
award to her late mother. In 2000, McCartney received the Woman of
Courage Award for work against cancer at the prestigious Unforgettable
Evening event (2003, Los Angeles), the Glamour Award for Best Designer
of the Year (2004, London), the Star Honoree at the Fashion Group
International Night of the Stars (2004, New York), the Organic Style
Woman of the Year Award (2005, New York), the Elle Style Award for
Best Designer of the Year Award (2007, London), Best Designer of the
Year at the British Style Awards (2007, London), Best Designer of The
Year at the Spanish Elle Awards (2008, Barcelona), the Green Designer
of the Year at the ACE Awards (2008, New York) and in 2009 she was
honoured by the NRDC, featured in the
Time 100 and recognised as a
Glamour magazine Woman of the Year. In November 2011 she was presented
with the Red Carpet Award by the British Fashion Council. She was
appointed Officer of the
Order of the British Empire
Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013
New Year Honours for services to fashion.
In 2012 McCartney was among the British cultural icons selected by
artist Sir Peter Blake to appear in a new version of his artwork –
the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper\'s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover – to
celebrate the British cultural figures of his life that he most
admires. In February 2013 she was assessed as one of the 100 most
powerful women in the United Kingdom by Woman\'s Hour on
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4 .
In June 2017 McCartney was the guest for
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4 's Desert Island
Discs . Here choices included "
Road to Nowhere
Road to Nowhere " by
Talking Heads and
"Blackbird " by the Beatles . Her favourite was "
God Only Knows
God Only Knows " by
the Beach Boys .
McCartney married British publisher Alasdhair Willis on 30 August
Mount Stuart House
Mount Stuart House on the
Isle of Bute
Isle of Bute . McCartney's wedding
dress was an updated version of her mother's wedding dress from her
March 1969 marriage ceremony to Paul McCartney.
Willis now works as creative director of shoewear brand Hunters. In
2015, he was named one of GQ 's 50 best dressed British men.
McCartney and Willis have four children: sons Miller Alasdhair James
Willis (born 2005) and Beckett Robert Lee Willis (born 2008) and
daughters Bailey Linda Olwyn Willis (born 2006) and Reiley Dilys
Stella Willis (born 2010).
Stella has a younger half-sister , Beatrice Milly McCartney, born on
28 October 2003 to her father and his second wife,
Heather Mills .
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