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Stella Nina McCartney OBE (born 13 September 1971) is an English fashion designer. She is a daughter of American photographer, musician, and animal rights activist Linda McCartney and Singer songwriter and former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney. Like her parents, McCartney is a firm supporter of animal rights and is particularly known for her use of vegetarian and animal-free alternatives in her work.

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McCartney at the "End Sexual Violence in Conflict" Summit, June 2014
Stella Nina McCartney

(1971-09-13) 13 September 1971 (age 48)
Lambeth, London, England
EducationRavensbourne University London
OccupationFashion designer
Alasdhair Willis (m. 2003)
Parent(s)Sir Paul McCartney
Linda McCartney
RelativesMary McCartney (sister)
James McCartney (brother)
Heather McCartney (half-sister)
Beatrice McCartney (half-sister)
Stella McCartney sneaker animation

Early lifeEdit

McCartney was born in Lambeth, London, the second child of American photographer Linda McCartney and former Beatle Paul McCartney. She is named after her maternal great-grandmothers (both of Linda McCartney's grandmothers were named Stella). As a little girl, McCartney travelled the globe with her parents and their group Wings, along with her siblings: older half-sister Heather (who was legally adopted by Paul McCartney), older sister Mary, and younger brother James. According to her father, the name of Wings was inspired by Stella's difficult delivery.[1] As his daughter was being born by emergency caesarean section, Paul sat outside the operating room and prayed that she be born "on the wings of an angel".[1] Her mother was Jewish.[2]

Despite their fame, the McCartneys wanted their children to lead as normal a life as possible, so Stella and her siblings attended local state schools in East Sussex, one of them being Bexhill College. McCartney has said that while attending state school, she was a victim of bullying,[3] as well as being a bully herself.[4]



McCartney became interested in designing clothes as a youth. At age thirteen, she designed her first jacket. Three years later, she interned for Christian Lacroix, working on her first haute couture collection, honing her skills working for Edward Sexton, her father's Savile Row tailor for a number of years.

She studied her foundation at Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, followed by Fashion Design at Central Saint Martins in the early 1990s: she graduated in 1995. Her graduation collection was modelled by friends and supermodels Naomi Campbell, Yasmin Le Bon and Kate Moss – for free – at the graduation runway show. The collection was shown to a song penned by her famous father, called "Stella May Day".[5]

A lifelong vegetarian, McCartney does not use any leather or fur in her designs. The Guardian described her in 2015 as a "consistent and vocal" supporter of animal rights.[6] She supports PETA.[7] Some of McCartney's designs have text that elaborates on her "no animal" policy; for example, one of her jackets for Adidas says, "suitable for sporty vegetarians" on the sleeve. A pair of her vinyl and ultrasuede boots were marketed specifically as being vegan-friendly, although her use of oil-based synthetics still raised ecological concerns.[8]

Stella McCartney's store in West Hollywood

In 2001, McCartney launched her own fashion house under her name in a joint venture with Gucci Group (now Kering) and showed her first collection in Paris. McCartney now operates 17 freestanding stores in locations including Manhattan's Soho, London's Mayfair, LA's West Hollywood, Paris’ Palais Royal, Barcelona's Passeig de Gracia and Milan, and recently opened doors in Rome, Miami and Houston.[9]

In 2003, McCartney launched her first perfume, Stella. In January 2007, McCartney launched a skincare line, CARE. The 100% organic line includes seven products, from a cleansing milk made with lemon balm and apricot to green tea and linden blossom floral water.[10]

In 2008, she launched a new lingerie line.[11] In November 2010, the Stella McCartney Kids collection was launched for newborns and children up to age 12.[12]

In June 2012, McCartney invited the Soul Rebels Brass Band to perform at her 2013 spring fashion presentation hosted at the New York Marble Cemetery in New York City on 11 June 2012. Other guests invited to the party included Anne Hathaway, Jim Carrey, Anna Wintour, Annie Leibovitz, Lauren Hutton, Amy Poehler, Solange Knowles, P'Trique, Greta Gerwig and André Leon Talley. Also in 2012, McCartney was part of the book "The sustainable Fashion Handbook"[13]

In November 2016, McCartney launched her first menswear collection. The collection is made up of many athleisure, pyjama-like casual outfits.[14] McCartney said her father had provided inspiration for the collection.[15]

In April 2018, after 17 years of partnership with Kering, Stella McCartney has decided to purchase the fashion giant's stake of her company and take the reins of her global fashion empire.[16] McCartney was the designer of Meghan Markle's wedding reception dress. She later created 46 replicas of the dress, 23 in lily white and 23 in onyx black, for her Made With Love capsule collection each priced at £3,500.[17]

On 15 October 2018, Stella McCartney announced the launch of Stella McCartney Cares Foundation – a charity dedicated to breast cancer. The cause is really close to McCartney, since she lost her mother to the disease in 1998. The charity will donate 1,000 of the brand's Louis Listening post-operative mastectomy compression bras to women undergoing breast cancer treatment.[18]


"Stella McCartney" branded dress worn by Caroline Wozniacki at the 2010 US Open.

McCartney launched a joint-venture line with Adidas, establishing a long-term partnership with the corporation in September 2004. This line is a sports performance collection for women.[19]

In January 2010, McCartney announced she would be collaborating with Disney to create an Alice in Wonderland-inspired jewelry collection.[20] In July of the same year, together with PETA and eco designer Atom Cianfarani, McCartney worked to petition the British Ministry of Defence to cease the use of Canadian Black Bears as the fur for their guards' hats. As of yet, the Military has not taken up the change.[21]

In July 2011, she participated at the catwalk of The Brandery fashion show in Barcelona.[22]

In December 2018, McCartney announced to launch a new fashion industry charter for climate action, in collaboration with the United Nations. To help fashion companies welcome sustainable business practices.[23]

In August 2019, American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift has teamed up with McCartney to release a fashion line inspired by Swift's seventh studio album Lover, the project called "Stella X Taylor Swift".[24]

Team GBEdit

In September 2010, Stella McCartney was appointed Team GB's Creative Director for the 2012 Olympics by Adidas – the first time in the history of the games that a leading fashion designer has designed the apparel for a country's team across all competitions for both the Olympic and the Paralympic Games.[25] In March 2012 the Team GB kit was publicly displayed.[25] McCartney continued in this role for the 2016 Summer Olympics.[26]

Awards and mediaEdit

Stella McCartney received the VH1/Vogue Designer of the Year award in 2000 in New York. Her father Paul presented the award to her; she thanked him in her acceptance speech and dedicated the award to her late mother.[27] In 2000, McCartney received the Woman of Courage Award for work against cancer at the prestigious Unforgettable Evening event (2003, Los Angeles), the Glamour Award for Best Designer of the Year (2004, London), the Star Honoree at the Fashion Group International Night of the Stars (2004, New York), the Organic Style Woman of the Year Award (2005, New York), the Elle Style Award for Best Designer of the Year Award (2007, London), Best Designer of the Year at the British Style Awards (2007, London), Best Designer of The Year at the Spanish Elle Awards (2008, Barcelona), the Green Designer of the Year at the ACE Awards (2008, New York) and in 2009 she was honoured by the NRDC, featured in the Time 100 and recognised as a Glamour magazine Woman of the Year. In November 2011 she was presented with the Red Carpet Award by the British Fashion Council. She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to fashion.[28][29]

In 2012, McCartney was among the British cultural icons selected by artist Sir Peter Blake to appear in a new version of his artwork – the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover – to celebrate the British cultural figures of his life that he most admires.[30] In February 2013 she was assessed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4.[31]

In June 2017, McCartney was the guest for BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs. Her choices included "Road to Nowhere" by Talking Heads and "Blackbird" by the Beatles. Her favourite was "God Only Knows" by the Beach Boys.[32]

In 2017, McCartney received the Special Recognition Award for Innovation at the 2017 Fashion Awards[33]

Personal lifeEdit

McCartney married British publisher Alasdhair Willis on 30 August 2003 at Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute. McCartney's wedding dress was an updated version of her mother's wedding dress from her March 1969 marriage ceremony to Paul McCartney.[34] Willis works as creative director of shoewear brand Hunter. In 2015, he was named one of GQ's 50 best dressed British men.[35]

McCartney and Willis have four children:[36] sons Miller Alasdhair James Willis (born 2005)[37] and Beckett Robert Lee Willis (born 2008)[38] and daughters Bailey Linda Olwyn Willis (born 2006)[39][40] and Reiley Dilys Stella Willis (born 2010).[41]

Stella has a younger half-sister, Beatrice Milly McCartney, born on 28 October 2003 to her father and his second wife, Heather Mills.[42]


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