Stella McCartney

Stella Nina McCartney – an English fashion designer.

She is a daughter of American photographer, musician, and animal rights activist Linda McCartney and former Beatles member Paul McCartney. Like her parents, McCartney is a firm supporter of animal rights and is particularly known for her use of vegan and animal-free alternatives in her work.

Becoming a designer

McCartney became interested in designing clothes as a youth. At age thirteen, she designed her first jacket. Three years later, she interned for Christian Lacroix. There she worked 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 Yasmin Le Bonand, Naomi Campbell 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”.

Sustainability

A lifelong vegetarian, McCartney does not use any leather or fur in her designs. 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 boots were marketed specifically as being vegan-friendly, although her use of oil-based synthetics still raised ecological concerns.

In 2001, McCartney launched her own fashion house under her name in a joint venture with Kering (former Gucci Group) 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. She recently opened doors in Rome, Miami and Houston.

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