Georgina Chapman is a fashion designer, actress, and former model. She, along with Keren Craig, co-founded Marchesa, where she is designer and creative director.
Georgina attended the Chelsea College of Art & Design, with a focus in design, before attending the Wimbledon College of Art for Costume and Design. After graduating in 2001, Georgina started her career as a costume designer. She was introduced to the design community after industry veteran Isabella Blow noticed a dress from Georgina’s debut collection at an event in the UK.
In 2004, Marchesa was born. The company’s namesake and muse, Marchesa Luisa Casati, is the noted eccentric European style icon. With Casati’s vision of fashion meets art in mind, combined with an expertise in design and draping, Georgina continues to create collections with both distinctive and iconic style, inspired by vintage silhouettes with a modern aesthetic. The Marchesa collection is currently available in over 200 stores worldwide, including Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus in the United States, Harvey Nichols in Istanbul and Dubai, Villa Moda in Kuwait, Podium in Moscow, and specialty boutiques throughout the world.
Marchesa has now grown into a full lifestyle brand including an evening wear line (Marchesa Notte), a contemporary line (Marchesa Voyage), a bridal line, and handbag collection. The duo also launched their debut fragrance, Parfum D’Extase in 2012 exclusively at Sephora.
Georgina has been featured in numerous top-tier publications, including Vogue (named to the January 2008 Best Dressed List), Vogue UK, Harper’s Bazaar, Avenue, Vanity Fair, and Elle. In 2006, Marchesa was named one of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund’s top ten finalists, won the British fashion awards for Red Carpet Designer of the Year in 2007, and in 2008 won Britain’s Best Business Award.
In addition to her design career, Georgina’s film credits include “Awake,” “The Nanny Diaries,” “Factory Girl,” and “Match Point.” She appeared in the Fall 2008 Gap advertising campaign. Georgina has served as a judge for all three seasons of “Project Runway All Stars,” and made her directorial debut as one of five creative icons chosen to direct a film inspired by user-submitted photos for Canon’s Project Imaginat10n campaign and film festival.