Stella McCartney – Designer Information

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Stella McCartney Designer Biography

Brief History of Stella McCartney

British-born fashion trendsetter Stella McCartney, was born on the 13 September 1971. She is born to the famous musician and photographer Sir Paul McCartney, an ex-band member of the Beatles, and the late animal rights activist Linda McCartney, who passed away in 1998, from breast cancer. Both her parents were members of the music band Wings.

  • Stella travelled the world with her parents, brother and two sisters.
  • She is one of the few fashion designers, who refuses to use animal skin, in her clothing range. Even the shoes that she designs are not made from animal skin.

Early Life

1984 – 2009

  • Although Stella McCartney spent most of her childhood around musicians, she developed a passion for the fashion runway.
  • Her family name helped start her career in the fashion world, but it still was though to impact the fashion world.
  • At the age of 16, Stella took an internship at the Christian LaCroix Fashion Hosue and later completed her studies at the Ravensbourne College, which is an Art foundation.
  • She pursued her degree in fashion at the London Central St Martins College of Art and Design, where she graduated in 1995 together with her now also famous friends, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Yasmin Le Bon.
  • Her career as a fashionista started when she hosted an end of the year fashion show. Her models of course were her three friends Kate, Yasmin and Naomi. The London Boutique Tokio, Bergdorf Goodman, bought her entire showcased collection.
  • After academic life, Stella was mentored by fashion ‘guru’ Edward Sexton.
  • In 1997 the Parisian fashion house took the initiative of teaming up with Stella McCartney, by appointing her as their creative director. A vital position that was previously held by ‘fashion giant’ Karl Lagerfeld.
  • The then Gucci Group, which is now called the PPR Luxury Group had the preference of bringing in Stella, as part of their team, in April 2001. The Gucci Group enabled her to fully develop her own label to a global luxury brand. In October, she showcased her own label at the Paris fashion week.
  • Stella is a devoted admirer of her late mother Linda McCartney, a strict vegetarian and animal rights activist. Likewise Stella is also a strict vegetarian. She refuses to use designs, which are made from leather; following her mother’s way of voicing the rights of animal. Even her shoes, belts and bags are not made from leather. McCartney uses vinyl or plastic to design shoes, belts and all of her bags.
  • In March 2003 the University of Dundee awarded McCartney with an honorary degree. This was because of the vital role she plays in the fashion world.
  • In 2003 she married British publisher and writer, Alasdhair Willis. At her wedding, Stella wore her mother’s 1969 wedding dress, which she altered herself. They married at the Isle of Bute. Her first perfume, entitled Stella was also launched in 2003.
  • From Madonna to Jude Law, Stella has designed for many influential and well attributed folks.
  • In September 2004 she established a long-term partnership with Adidas. Where she designed sportswear for winter sports, yoga, tennis and golf. In the following year, the fashion staple H&M announced that Stella McCartney would design a 40 piece collection for them.
  • Stella also collaborated with Target, a budget store in Australia, for their street fashion clothing range in 2007. And later that year she was awarded at the British Style Awards with the title of Designer of the Year. In the same year McCartney also launched her own 100% organic skin care product.


2009 – 2015

  • In 2009 Stella McCartney’s name featured in the TIME magazine, as one of the 100 most powerful and influential individuals. In the same year Stella designed a clothing line exclusively for children for GAP Kids.
  • With her well-knitted relationship with Adidas, Stella was given the opportunity to lead again, as creative director to design the sportswear for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic teams of Great Britain, in 2010.
  • She later designed a second collection for Gap kids, in February 2011.
  • For the first time, since her debut fashion graduate collection, at London Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design, Stella showcased her first once-off collection at the London fashion week, early 2012
  • In March she showcased her 2013 Autumn/ Spring collection in Paris.
  • She also spearheaded the Stella McCartney Green Carpet collection in 2014, for her sustainable evening were line.
  • With all her accomplishment in the world of fashion, Stella McCartney is worthy of being celebrated. This is due to the fact that her taste in fashion continues to amaze fashion conscious women and men.
  • Stella McCartney has an endless list of awards and honours. Globally, today Stella has over 40 stores worldwide.
  • Stella’s products are distributed to 70 countries and over 600 department stores. The products are also available online in over 100 countries.


Stella still holds the torch of being the only designer, who uses vinyl or plastics for shoes in the professional world of fashion. Ranging from her designs to her own skin care products (which are 100% organic), Stella refuses to use anything made from animals.


“It’s not about what it looks like in the studio or on the runway, it’s what it looks like on a real person that matters. This isn’t easy, but it’s fun.”

Stella McCartney

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