Julien Macdonald OBE studied Fashion Knitwear at The University of Brighton and received his MA at Royal College of Art, London.
Soon after the success of his RCA graduation show in June 1996, his talent caught the attention of Karl Lagerfeld and he was appointed Head Designer of Knitwear for Chanel, as well as for the iconic designer’s eponymous label Lagerfeld, from 1996 to 1998. In 1997, Macdonald launched his own label with 'Mermaids', a static presentation of clothes and images photographed by Sean Ellis and styled by Isabella Blow. His first London Fashion Week show was staged for Spring/Summer 1998. International stars including Beyoncé, Kylie Minogue, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Bekinsale and Cheryl Cole have worn his designs.
In 2001, Macdonald was named British Fashion Designer of the Year and was appointed as successor to Alexander McQueen as Creative Director of the renowned French fashion house Givenchy, designing both haute couture and ready-to-wear collections. In 2004, Macdonald returned to London to concentrate on his own label. He was awarded an Order of the British Empire for his services to the fashion industry in November 2006.
The Julien Macdonald label is manufactured in Italy and is available in Selfridges and Net-A-Porter, amongst other prestigious boutiques worldwide.