Tuesday, July 2, 2013

SISJ GIRL CRUSH & BIO INSPO > Georgina Chapman

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SISJ GIRL CRUSH & BIO INSPO > Georgina Chapman.

If her family roots were any indication, Georgina Chapman could have been quite the coffee maker. Her dad, Brian Chapman, was the multimillionaire founder of Percol, an organic coffee distributor, but she used her slice of the family fortune to pursue other creative interests away from coffee beans. One of those interests was music, which took hold at 13 when Georgina Chapman launched her own band, Jesus and Mary Jane, and held evening "gigs" in her school chapel.

As fun as music might have been, the idea of dressing people up became much more appealing to Georgina Chapman. In 1995, she enrolled at the Chelsea College of Art, where she befriended fellow student Keren Craig.
 While Keren concentrated on the textile side of things, Georgina Chapman focused on costuming and in their spare time, they made party dresses for each other. To pay the bills to attend both Chelsea and Wimbledon School of Art, Chapman modeled in commercials for Soothers and Head & Shoulders.

Georgina Chapman co-founds Marchesa >

As a result of their dress-making sessions, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig inherited a valuable ally. Former magazine editor and style expert extraordinaire Isabella Blow noticed their designs and encouraged them to branch out on their own. Now finished with school, the two aspiring fashion divas co-founded the Marchesa label in 2004, named after Marchesa Luisa Casati, a scandalous socialite of the early 20th century.

With a focus on evening wear, the timeless designs that Georgina Chapman envisioned became popular choices for style-conscious (and often fashion-clueless) celebrities. One such celeb was Renee
Zellweger, who wore a Marchesa gown to the London premiere of Bridget Jones's DiaryBy rubbing shoulders with celebrities, Chapman also earned some minor acting roles in films like Derailed (with Clive Owen & Jennifer Aniston) and Jet Li's Unleashed, where she played the unfortunately-named Floozy 1. In 2006, Chapman also earned industry kudos from the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, who included Marchesa as one of the year's top 10 finalists.

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