Ben de Lisi

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Ben de Lisi
Born 31 May 1955
New York, United States
Nationality American
Education Pratt Institute of Art
Occupation Fashion designer

Ben de Lisi (born 31 May 1955)[1] is an American born fashion designer based in London. He is best known for his collections with high street store Debenhams, and as a mentor and judge on the television series Project Catwalk. He has also appeared on UK television show Come Dine With Me.

Born in New York and raised in Long Island, he studied sculpture at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.[2] Designing his own menswear range in 1979, he moved to London in the fashion industry in 1982. He started working with Debenhams in 1992.[2]

De Lisi won the British Glamour Designer of the Year award in both 1994 and 1995. He has been showing at London Fashion Week since 1995, and went on to establish his own company in 1998. After shutting his shop in 2008, which had provided evening dresses for Kate Winslet (2002 Oscars red dress), Helena Bonham Carter and Anjelica Huston, De Lisi approached Debenhams to launch a day wear range, and was subsequently asked to redesign the Principles range.[3]

Approached by the Department of Health, they offered him an open agenda to pick any project he wanted to redesign.[2] Thinking he would pick a bathroom, De Lisi helped the NHS to redesign their hospital gown in 2010.[4]

He acted as a mentor to budding Fashion designers in the British TV Series 'Project Catwalk'.

Ben received an honorary Doctorate from the University of Northampton, 14 July 2006. On the 17th July 2009, de Lisi was conferred with an Honorary Degree by the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

De Lisi lives in a Victorian cottage by the River Thames, close to Battersea Bridge.[2][5] He used it as inspiration for his Debenhams homewear range BDL by Ben de Lisi, with a logo based on his first French bulldog, Ella. It became the most successful launch Debenhams has ever made.[2]

In 2010, Ben De Lisi began to make regular appearances in the fashion slot on It Takes Two, the spin-off to the BBC One show Strictly Come Dancing.


  1. ^ "Weekend birthdays", The guardian, 31 May 2014: 53 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Ben de Lisi: The Alexander McQueen tragedy could easily have been me". Evening Standard. 2010-06-09. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  3. ^ Fletcher, Richard (2010-00-09). "Debenhams signs up Ben de Lisi". London: The Telegraph. Retrieved 2010-07-08.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ David Rose and Simon de Bruxelles (2010-02-09). "Hospital gowns get Ben de Lisi makeover to cover patients’ dignity". London: The Times. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  5. ^ Nolan, Clare (2009-08-17). "Lifestyle: Ben's bulldog spirit". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 

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