Cara Delevingne. Model.
Chairman: Tiffanie Darke
The British fashion industry has been a major force on a global scale for decades, and contributes over £6.6 billion to the economy. And it’s not just the designers and models who inspire this industry; photographers, stylists, casting directors, consultants and editors all have huge influence over catwalk trends that often go on to make a huge impact on the high street. Those on the Debrett’s list have transformed the face of fashion in the UK and across the world. They are icons who will become immortalised over time, in their photographs, their features and their designs.
Educated at Corpus Christi College Oxford, Tiffanie Darke has been editor of the Sunday Times Style magazine since its launch in 2002. She is also a member of the British Fashion Council Press Committee and has written two novels: Marrow, published in 2000, and Strapline, in 2002. Tiffanie also supports numerous charities, including Smart Works, Kids Company, National Miscarriage Association and War Child.
Natalie Massenet, MBE. Founder and executive chairman The Net A Porter Group.
Natalie Massenet is the founder and executive chairman of The Net A Porter Group which comprises Net-A-Porter, The Outnet and Mr Porter. Massenet spent her childhood between Paris and LA where her father scrimped together the money to send Natalie to private school. In order to attain the life that she fantasised about, Massenet realised that she would have to work hard. She constructed the idea for Net-A-Porter whilst working at Tatler and in 2004 the company became profitable and won the award for Best Shop at the British Fashion Awards. That same year, the company also won the award for best e-tailer at the UK Fashion Export Award. In September 2012, Natalie was appointed chair of the British Fashion Council.
Prof Louise Wilson, OBE. Course director Central St Martins.
Louise Wilson is the course director of the prestigious Fashion MA at Central St Martins. Her tough-talking teaching methods and autocratic authority have made her one of the most influential people in the fashion industry. During her time at Central St Martins, Wilson has taught a host of British design talent who have gone on to transform the fashion landscape, such as Alexander McQueen, Giles Deacon, Christopher Kane and Jonathon Saunders. Between 1997 and 2000 Wilson was design director at Donna Karan Collection NY, and in 2008 she was awarded an OBE for her services to fashion and education.
Christopher Kane. Fashion designer.
Scottish fashion designer Christopher Kane made his name in neon when he won the Harrods Design Award for his MA collection in 2005. After graduating he established his own label with his sister, muse and colleague, Tammy. Since this time, Kane has designed collections for Swarzovski and Topshop and in 2011 he re-designed a fleet of London cabs. The designer has won an assortment of awards including British Collection of the Year and The New Establishment Award at the British Fashion Awards and Scottish Designer of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards. Most recently, Kane won the prestigious accolade of Womanswear Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards in December 2013.
Katie Grand. Stylist and editor-in-chief LOVE.
Super stylist and editor-in-chief of Condé Nast’s bi-annual LOVE magazine, Katie Grand fell for fashion aged twelve when her father bought her a copy of Vogue. Grand then wrote to the editor of Vogue asking how she could become an editor one day. Having failed her 11+, later confessing to being “useless at exams”, Grand excelled at Birmingham’s Bournville College of Art where she was named Student of the Year. Grand has styled and consulted for a number of labels including Louis Vuitton, Prada and Loewe. She cites Isabella Blow as an influence, despite saying “I was supposed to be [her] assistant but she had as little idea how to put a show together as I did.” Today, Grand is one of the fashion world’s most esteemed talents.
Christopher Bailey, MBE. Chief creative officer Burberry.
Born in Yorkshire, the son of a carpenter and a window dresser, Christopher Bailey is now at the forefront of the British fashion industry. As the chief creative officer at Burberry, he is credited with driving the fashion house’s global success. Bailey is responsible for the brand’s overall image, including advertising, store design, corporate art direction and digital innovation. This year Bailey will be taking over as the CEO of Burberry from the current chief executive Angela Ahrendts. Prior to his position at Burberry, Bailey worked as a designer at Donna Karan and Gucci. He has won numerous awards for his work, including Designer of the Year and Menswear Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards.
Kate Moss. Model.
Kate Moss is the face of British fashion. Discovered by Storm at the age of 14, supermodel Moss continues to embark on one of the most illustrious modelling careers of the times. Having had campaigns with most major Italian, American, French and British designers including Gucci, Channel, Calvin Klein and Bulgari, for the last 25 years Moss has been a well-established style icon. She first appeared on the cover of British Vogue in 1992, signed an exclusive worldwide contract with Calvin Klein and launched her own label Kate Moss for Topshop in 2007. At the age of 39, when most models have been forced into retirement, Moss’s timeless image is propelling her from strength to strength as she continues to diversify her iconic look.
Cara Delevingne. Model.
The fun-loving model of the moment, Cara Delevingne, began her career at the age of 17 as an e-commerce model for ASOS. She was then signed as the face of Burberry’s Spring/Summer 2012 campaign. In the Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 show season she walked for international designers on 40 different catwalks in New York, London, Milan and Paris. Delevingne has featured on the cover of some of the world’s most prestigious fashion magazines such as Vogue and Harpers Bazaar and in 2012 she won Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards. The effervescent Delevingne has an unprecedented global social media following with 4.2 Twitter and Instagram followers making her one of the most influential people in the fashion world.
Sarah Burton, OBE. Creative director Alexander McQueen.
Sarah Burton is the current creative director of Alexander McQueen. She is perhaps most well-known for landing one of the most coveted fashion commissions when in April 2011 she designed Catherine Middleton’s wedding dress for her wedding to Prince William. Burton’s fashion career began when her tutor suggested that she apply for a placement with McQueen. In 1996, Burton joined McQueen as an intern and in 2000 she was appointed head of womenswear. Until McQueen’s death in 2010, Burton was his aide. She then took over the role of creative director. Burton has designed pieces for Lady Gaga, Michelle Obama and Gwyneth Paltrow, and in November 2011 she won Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards.
Russell Marsh. Casting director.
Having joined Prada in the nineties, casting director Russell Marsh collaborated with the brand for 15 years, discovering and launching the iconic faces of Daria Werbowy, Sasha P, Gemma Ward and Lara Stone. He is one of the most powerful casting directors in the world. Having turned freelance, in the past year the model maker has worked for design houses including Victoria Beckham, Celine, Christopher Kane and Jonathan Saunders. Marsh is largely responsible for the look on modern catwalks and has led many casting trends during his time at the top.
Pat McGrath, MBE. Make-up artist.
Pat McGrath is a British make-up artist and the creative design director of Procter & Gamble Beauty. McGrath was raised in Northampton by her single mother Jean, a Jamaican immigrant and a keen follower of fashion. McGrath attributes her interest in make-up to her mother; at the time there was little to cater for the darker skin tones, so Jean was always mixing colours. McGrath has directed the make-up for catwalk shows including Prada and Miu Miu, advertising campaigns for Lanvin, Calvin Klein and Balenciaga and editorial shoots for publications including Vogue and i-D. Despite having had no formal make-up training, McGrath is frequently named the most influential make-up artist in the world.
Charlotte Tilbury. Make-up artist.
Flame-haired make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury is renowned for her ability to transform women. She works with photographers including Mario Testino and Mert and Marcus, faces such as Kate Moss, Jennifer Lopez and Gisele Bundchen, designers including Christopher Bailey, Tom Ford and Stella McCartney and magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair and LOVE. The make-up guru has also worked on high-profile shows and campaigns including Tom Ford, Michael Kors and Donna Karan. In 2012, she launched a Youtube channel offering make-up tutorials and this year she launched her eponymous make up line.
Sam McKnight. Hairstylist.
Session hairstylist Sam Knight’s career spans over 30 years. His work has regularly appeared in British Vogue along with other international publications since the eighties. According to McKnight, “my early inspiration was Vogue magazines I came across in my school library.” He has had extensive creative collaborations with the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Partick Demarchelier, Karl Largerfeld and Mario Testino. McKnight has been central to the creation of iconic images: he was the first person to cut Princess Diana’s hair short, was responsible for Agness Deyn’s blonde crop and counts Paul Smith as one of his first clients. Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Liz Hurley and Kate Moss have all had their tresses trimmed by this award-winning stylist.
Tamara Mellon, OBE. Co-founder Jimmy Choo.
Tamara Mellon is the former chief creative officer and co-founder of Jimmy Choo. It was as an accessories editor at Vogue that Mellon first met the shoe designer Jimmy Choo. Mellon’s father lent her £150,000 to expand the company and Mellon built it into a £500 million business with shops all over the world. In 2011, Mellon sold the brand for a reported £525.5 million. The label won the ACE Designer Brand of the Year Award, the BFC British Designer Brand of the Year Award and the Footwear News Brand of the Year Award in 2008. Mellon is now founder and creative director of her eponymous label TAMARA MELLON.
Phoebe Philo, OBE. Creative director Celine.
British fashion designer Phoebe Philo is creative director and board member of French fashion house Celine. Philo scored her first seat in fashion as Stella McCartney’s first assistant at Chloe before being appointed to the position at Celine in 2008. She presented her debut spring collection in 2009 and was awarded International Designer of the Year in 2011 by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and has twice been awarded British Design of the Year by the British Fashion Council. As Vogue’s Sarah Mower recognises, Philo’s fashion is “the work of a woman working for women.” Her collections at Celine have set the pace for modern fashion.
Stella McCartney, OBE. Fashion designer.
The second child of Beatle Paul and photographer Linda, Stella McCartney and her siblings attended state school as the McCartneys wanted their children to have as normal lives as possible. Stella was interested in clothes design from a young age, designing her first jacket at the age of 13. In 1997, she was appointed creative director of French fashion house Chloe before launching her eponymous label a few years later. Her collections are now distributed in over 50 countries. McCartney has collaborated with the high street retailer H&M and in 2012 she designed the iconic sports kit for Team GB at the London Olympic and Paralympics. In 2013, McCartney was presented with an OBE for her services to fashion.
Nick Knight, OBE. Fashion photographer.
Fashion photographer and director of fashion film website SHOWstudio, Nick Knight says he got into fashion photography “when I realised that I would never become a doctor”. He is now undoubtedly one of the world’s most influential photographers. He has collaborated with leading designers including Alexander McQueen, John Galliano and Yohji Yamamoto and shot advertising campaigns for Christian Dior, Lancome, Calvin Klein and Yves Saint Laurent. Knight’s work has been exhibited at such institutions as the Victoria & Albert Museum, Saatchi Gallery, the Photographers Gallery and Hayward Gallery and recently the Tate Modern. His editorial for W, British Vogue, Paris Vogue and Dazed & Confused is award winning: in 2006 Knight won the prestigious Moet Chandon Fashion Tribute. Knight was awarded an OBE in 2010.
Victoria Beckham. Fashion designer.
As one half of Brand Beckham, pop star-turned-designer Victoria Beckham began her fashion career when she collaborated with denim label Rock & Republic in 2003. In 2006, she split from them to pursue her own denim line. She showcased her first womenswear collection during New York Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2009 followed by her secondary label Victoria by Victoria Beckham launched for Spring/Summer 2012. Beckham was awarded Designer Brand of the Year at the 2011 British Fashion Awards and her designs were recognised in the Closing Ceremony of London 2012. She is one of the most photographed women in the world and in 2013 won Woman of the Decade Glamour Award.
Lulu Kennedy, MBE. Founder and director Fashion East.
Lulu Kennedy is the founder and director of Fashion East, a non-for-profit initiative established in 2000 to nurture emerging designers. Having begun her career working in contemporary art galleries, Kennedy realised that there were many talented and aspiring designers requiring funding to progress through the difficult, early stages of their career. This led to the inception of the Fashion East project. The programme receives sponsorship funding from Topshop, Topman andeThe Greater London Authority. Kennedy is also Editor atlLarge of Conde Naste’s bi-annual LOVE magazine. In 2012, Kennedy was awarded an MBE for her services to fashion.
Dylan Jones, OBE. Editor British GQ.
Style aficionado Dylan Jones has been the editor of British GQ since 1999. He studied design and photography at Chelsea School of Art before assuming the role of editor at i-D magazine in 1984. Jones subsequently worked at Arena, The Face, The Observer and The Sunday Times. He has won the BSME Editor of the Year award a record nine times. In 2012, Jones was appointed chair of London Collections: Men, launching the first ever dedicated men’s fashion week in London. Jones was awarded an OBE for services to publishing and the fashion industry in June 2013.
Alexandra Shulman, OBE. Editor-in-chief British Vogue.
Alexandra Shulman grew up in Belgravia, the daughter of drama critic Milton Shulman and the writer Drusilla Beyfus. She originally wanted to work in the music industry, resisting the idea of following her parents into a career in journalism. After graduating from university she had a couple of ill-fated jobs with record labels, before becoming a secretary at a magazine. Her career in fashion journalism began in 1982 at Tatler, before a series of jobs at publications such as Vogue and GQ led her to Vogue as editor-in-chief in 1992. Despite being considered by some at the time as lacking the experience needed for such a prestigious role, circulation has since increased to 200,000 under her tenure. She is now considered one of the most influential people in fashion.