If there are any designers who carry their own designs much better than their clients, it must be Georgina Chapman. Consistently and completely flawless. She is the absolute best representative for her line – her natural flawlessness is downright inspirational. One half of eveningwear label Marchesa, Chapman is a beautiful woman who helps other women look beautiful — not interesting or provocative or edgy, just beautiful.
The daughter of a coffee magnate, Chapman grew up in the London suburb of Richmond and studied costume design at the Wimbledon School of Art and then fashion at Chelsea College of Art and Design. After working as a actress and a model, she joined her Chelsea classmate, Keren Criag, to found the Marchese label. The company was named after Marchesa Luisa Casati, the belle-epoque Italian aristocrat known for walking the streets of Venice naked beneath her furs, with her pair of pet cheetahs on diamond leashes. “She lived such a fantastic life… She literally saw herself as a living work of art.” Chapman declared at an interview with Harper’s Bazaar. To some extent, Georgina seems to be the same way. She is a very beautiful woman, astonishingly so. Her face is very nearly perfect. What I love about her is that she isn’t afraid to be ladylike. It’s much ‘cooler’ at the moment to be undone but she works glamour in a way that is just so modern. She always manages to take complex pieces and make them seem simple and effortless.
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