International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. It is a day that seeks to change world attitudes for gender equality, not just on International Women’s Day, though… every day. This year International Women’s Day is asking us to #BeBoldForChange and help to create a better working world, a more inclusive, equal world.
No other industry is trying to lead the charge more so than the world of fashion. You only have to look back across the history of fashion to see the impact women have had on it. Well there would be no fashion without women. However, there is still some way to go even in the fashion industry. Like the majority of industries, most of the leading CEO’s and directors of the world’s biggest fashion houses and distributors are male dominated, which doesn’t really make sense.
When you look back at the women who have had an impact on fashion the list is endless, and that’s not just designers. Think back over the impact supermodels have had, not to mention the affinity fashion shares with the film and music industries.
As an ode to International Women’s Day, we look at one of the greatest names in fashion. This woman has had an enormous impact on fashion across the globe, and has an incredible story.
The 45 year old British designer was born in London to The Beatle’s Paul McCartney and American photographer Linda McCartney (things are looking good already). Despite their fame, the McCartney’s wanted their kids to have a ‘normal’ life, so Stella and her siblings went to local state schools. Stella McCartney has said that she was a victim of bullying at school, as well as being a bully herself. Stella attended Central Saint Martins in the 90’s, amazingly her graduation collections were modelled (for free) by her friends Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Yasmin Le Bon and made front page news.
Her first big job was when she was notoriously named as the new creative director at Chloe, which was met with much skepticism. However her collections were widely loved, and she eventually went on to set her own brand up with Gucci group (Now Kering). Her collections are distributed across the globe, through over 600 speciality retailers and department stores, and she operates 17 freestanding stores in some of the most beautiful cities across the world.
Stella also has her own perfume range, a 100% organic skincare range, a kids range, a lingerie line, her eyewear range as well as her first menswear collection launching for Spring/Summer 17. A lifelong vegetarian, McCartney does not use any leather or fur in her designs. 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. She has also helped write ‘The Sustainable Fashion Handbook’.
You may remember Stella McCartney being named creative director for Team GB, and was the first leading fashion designer to design the apparel for a countries team for the Olympics and the Paralympics. She has also had collaborations with Madonna, Jude Law, Disney and artist Jeff Koons. As well as campaigning with PETA for better treatment of animals.
Check out some of the latest Stella McCartney collection below.
Beautiful stand-out colours.
Expertly hand crafted.
Total UV Protection lenses.
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