+Stella McCartney was born in 1971 to well-known parents – Sir Paul McCartney, former member of the Beatles, and Linda McCartney, an American photographer as well as activist for animal rights.
Interested in fashion at a young age, Stella interned for Christian Lacroix while studying fashion design at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Soon after graduating, she received her first job at the Chloé fashion house in Paris, France, taking over Karl Lagerfeld’s position.
It wasn’t until 2001 that Stella started her hour fashion house under a joint venture with PPR Luxury Group (formally known as Gucci Group). Currently, Stella owns 17 stores around the globe, including London, Paris, Milan, Rome, Manhattan, and West Hollywood.
But it isn’t just clothing Stella is interested in! In 2003, she created her first perfume, aptly named “Stella.” And in 2007, her organic skincare line, CARE, was launched. In 2008 she launched a new lingerie line, and in 2010 she launched a collection for children up to the age of twelve.
Stella has also worked on a number of collaborations, including Madonna’s Re-Invention Tour in 2004 and the costumes for Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow’s characters in the 2004 movie “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.” She also has a partnership with Adidas to create a women’s sports performance clothing collection. Other collaborations include H&M, Target Australia, LeSportsac, team Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics, and Disney to create a jewelry collection inspired by “Alice in Wonderland.”
|Stella McCartney showing off her designs for the Great Britain team for the 2012 Olympics|
Stella has received numerous accolades for her work in not only fashion but also social awareness. In 2000, she received the VH1/Vogue Designer of the Year Award, which was presented to her by her father. In 2003 she received the Woman of Courage Award for her work with cancer awareness. She has also received the Best Designer of the Year Award from Glamour (2004), the Organic Style Women of the Year Award (2005), the Elle Style Award for Best Designer of the Year (2007), and the Green Designer of the Year in 2008 at the ACE Awards, among other notable honors. One of the biggest honors she received came this year when she was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire for her services in fashion.
And she manages to do this with four small children!
Let’s give a shout to Stella McCartney, another great woman we are happy to celebrate this month!
Note: This is the third part of our series celebrating Women’s Month. Each week we will feature a woman who has helped pave the way as strong and independent role models.