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Georgina Chapman

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
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Georgina Chapman is the daughter of Brian Chapman, a millionaire businessman and owner of the organic coffee company Percol. She grew up in Richmond, West London, where at the age of just 13 she started a band called Jesus and Mary Jane. Chapman went to Chelsea College of Art and Design (where she met her business partner Keren Craig) and began her career as a costume designer before launching the lavish movie-star favorite label Marchesa.


Looking at Chapman, it’s hard not to imagine the knock-out being her own muse. But Chapman explains, “Our muse and namesake, Marchesa Luisa Casati, was a living work of art in all respects and was so daring and dramatic in the way she dressed—an ideal we strive to achieve in our collections.“ Celebrities scoop up Marchesa dresses, knowing they are guaranteed a “wow” party entrance. Chapman’s own memorable moment was her 2007 wedding to film producer Harvey Weinstein. “I designed my own dress from over 250 yards of pineapple-plated, tulle which was hand-embroidered in India,” she recalls. “Lorraine Schwartz lent me antique diamond brooches to put in my hair. I go to quite a few black-tie events, but this was a once-in-a-lifetime moment.”


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