Stella McCartney was born in London to a family of creators who were legendary in public, but ordinary at home. Raised in both the city and the English countryside, she was kept grounded by her late mother and muse Linda – a photographer, vegetarian and animal rights activist whose values continue to inspire her today.
She graduated from Central St Martins in 1995, becoming immediately recognisable for her womenswear’s sharp tailoring, bold aesthetics and masculine energy. By 1997, she was appointed the Creative Director of Chloe in Paris.
In 2001, Stella McCartney launched her eponymous luxury fashion house. A lifelong vegetarian, she has never used leather, feathers, skin or fur in any of her designs since day one – a revolutionary stance, then and now. The brand has continued to grow its sustainability thought leadership through material and supply chain innovation, partnerships and more.