Georgina Chapman is co-founder and creative director of Marchesa. She, along with fellow designer and best friend, Keren Craig, founded Marchesa in 2004.
Georgina attended the Chelsea College of Art and 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 fashion community after industry veteran Isabella Blow noticed a dress from Georgina’s debut collection at an event in the U.K.
The company’s namesake and muse is the noted eccentric European style icon, Marchesa Luisa Casati. With Casati’s philosophy 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 more than 200 stores worldwide, including Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus in the United States, Harvey Nichols in Istanbul and Dubai and specialty boutiques throughout the world.
Marchesa has now grown into a full lifestyle brand including an eveningwear line, Marchesa Notte, a bridal line, handbag collection, and soon-to-be-available shoe line as well as collections of both fine jewelry and fashion jewelry.
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 2014 Georgina joined the CFDA’s prestigious Board of Directors.