Julien Macdonald: British Fashion's King of Glamour
By: Boyd Davis
DALLAS, Mar 4, 2001/ FW/ --- "The King of Glamour," that is the definition of Julien Macdonald. It's official, the
Rover British Fashion Award awarded him the Glamour Award. His quote on getting the award,
"I thought I should win it because no one in London is more glamorous than me - I love women
and I love sparkly clothes."
Born in Merthyr Tydfyl, Wales (March 19, 1972) knitting is in Julien Macdonald's blood. After all,
the Welsh has historically been good in creating knitwear. He wanted to be a dancer first. But
during a one-year stint at Cardiff Art College, he discovered that textile design was his cup of
tea. It was while he was taking his BA (Fashion Textiles) that he started experimenting new
techniques in creating knitwear. Even before he went to the Royal College of Art (MA), his
work has already been featured in UK fashion magazines.
His graduate show at the Royal Academy of Art (1996) which featured stunning knitwear caught the
attention of the press. But Karl Lagerfeld was one step ahead. Hehad already commissioned Julien
McDonald to do the knitwear work at Chanel while McDonald was still in schoo.
In 1997, the designer founded his own company and created his own label and debuted at London
Fashion Week. His show was an instant success commercially. Needless to say, the press just
Four years in the business and Julien Macdonald's star is still rising. He won the
Rover British Glamour Award in 2001 and was also named head designer for Givenchy in
the same year.
He stayed for 3 years with the venerable Paris fashion house. In January 2004, a day
after showing his well-received Spring 2004 haute couture collection for Givenchy, he announced
that he was leaving the house.
Julien Macdonald made his final bow in Givency in March 2004, for his Fall 2004 ready-to-wear collection.
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