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Sophie Theallet (Born 1964 in Bagnères-de-Bigorre, France)[1] is a French fashion designer[2] whose clients include First Lady Michelle Obama, [3] Jennifer Lopez,[4] Jessica Alba,[5] Oprah Winfrey,[6] Gabrielle Union,[7] and Kim Kardashian [8]

Sophie Theallet
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ResidenceMontreal (since 2018)
EducationLe Studio Bercot
Sophie Theallet, Room 502
AwardsNational Young Designer Award

CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award

Woolmark Prize


At 18, Sophie Theallet moved to Paris to attend the fashion design school, Studio Berçot. She graduated early after winning France's "National Young Design Award" and was hired by Jean-Paul Gaultier.

Theallet then joined Azzedine Alaïa for a decade before moving to New York City. She now lives in Brooklyn Heights.[9]

After moving to New York City, Theallet continued to work with Alaïa on a part-time basis, while also freelancing for other fashion labels.

In 2007, she launched her own label, Sophie Theallet. In 2009, she won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award. In 2012, she won the US Woolmark Prize.[10] In 2015, Theallet was a Couture Consultant for the movie The Dressmaker to Director Jocelyn Moorhouse starring Kate Winslet [11]

Theallet is an advocate for inclusion, representation, and diversity in her Fashion campaigns and her Runway Shows [12][13] In 2014, she partnered with retailer Lane Bryant to bring Fashion Luxury Design to the Plus Size market. She is a trailblazer for opening the road for representation of Plus Size models on the Runway and in High-End Fashion.[14][15]

Vogue writes about her fashion shows fairly regularly. For example, the Spring 2014 show, which by standing convention was in fall 2013, generated comments from the reviewer that her work "established a tone of ripe sexuality".[16]

In November 2016, Theallet wrote an open letter explaining that she would not be dressing future First Lady Melania Trump due to what she feels was "racist and xenophobic" rhetoric emerging from the tone of Donald Trump's campaign efforts for the U.S. presidency. She was followed shortly by designers Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs [17] A few days later, Tommy Hilfiger responded to Theallet's statement by saying Melania "is a very beautiful woman" and that he felt "any designer should be proud to dress her".[18]

In 2018, she and her family relocated to Montreal where she founded her new label, Room 502, a limited-edition line that is entirely self-funded and sold only through their website.[19]


  1. ^ Sophie Theallet, Voguepedia. Vogue. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  2. ^ "home". sophie theallet. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Home - Mrs.O - Follow the Fashion and Style of First Lady Michelle Obama". Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Jennifer Lopez in Sophie Theallet - Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon". 2 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Costume Institute Gala 2010".
  6. ^ "Wearing ST".
  7. ^ "Gabrielle Union Made Glen Check Cool at the Espy Awards".
  8. ^ "Kim Kardashian stuns as she and Kanye West attend Time 100 gala". 22 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Sophie Theallet Fashion, News, Photos and Videos - Vogue". Vogue. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Sophie Theallet Wins $100,000 as the U.S. Recipient of the Woolmark Prize".
  11. ^ "Sophie Theallet to Design for Kate Winslet in 'The Dressmaker'". 9 October 2014.
  12. ^ "Sophie Theallet Sends Message of Diversity with Spring Campaign". 9 February 2017.
  13. ^ "Why This New York Fashion Week Was Actually the Most Diverse Yet".
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  16. ^ Singer, Maya. "Sophie Theallet Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear Fashion Show". Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  17. ^ Friedman, Vanessa (21 November 2016). "Fashion Begins to Speak Out About Dressing and Covering the Trumps". Retrieved 22 August 2017 – via The New York Times.
  18. ^ Lockwood, Alexa Tietjen,Lisa (22 November 2016). "Tommy Hilfiger Thinks Designers 'Should Be Proud' to Dress Melania Trump". Retrieved 22 August 2017.
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