Petra Stunt

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Petra Stunt
Born Petra Ecclestone
December 1988 (age 25)
Westminster, London, England, UK
Residence The Manor
Occupation Heiress, model, fashion designer, socialite
Height 5'8" (1.73 m)
Spouse(s) James Stunt (m. 2011); 1 child
Parents Bernie Ecclestone
Slavica Ecclestone
Relatives Tamara Ecclestone (sister)

Petra Stunt (née Ecclestone; born December 1988) is a British-born heiress, model, fashion designer and socialite.

Early life[edit]

Ecclestone was born in Westminster, London[1][2] as the younger daughter of Croatian former Armani model Slavica and English Formula One billionaire Bernie Ecclestone. She has an older sister, Tamara Jane, and an older paternal half-sister, Deborah.

She attended Trevor-Roberts School, then Francis Holland School, a girls' school, in London.[3] She reportedly won a place at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, but never took up the offer.[4]

She contracted viral meningitis at the age of 14, and told the media that it "changed her life forever."[5] She said "I no longer take my health for granted. ... I’m now a health freak and a hypochondriac. I’m obsessed with cleanliness, I eat healthily and take my vitamins". She has since become an ambassador for the Meningitis Trust.[5]

Fashion career[edit]

Growing up, she wanted to be a fashion designer.[6] She decided to make menswear because it is a "bigger niche" and because "womenswear was too saturated".[6]

At the age of 19, she created the menswear label FORM, which was sold into retailers including Harrods from October 2008.[6] In April 2009 it was announced that Ecclestone had signed a contract with the Croatian clothing manufacturer Siscia.[7] After she reportedly grew "tired of the grind of having to oversee the range", Form collapsed into administration 14 months after start-up, before being liquidated.[8]

She launched an accessories line called Stark in September 2011.[9] Ecclestone has plans for a footwear collection, and hopes to open her own store in Los Angeles.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Petra Ecclestone's Range Rover, pictured in London
The Manor is currently owned by Petra Ecclestone

Ecclestone dated British billionaire businessman and collector James Stunt for four years before they married on 27 August 2011 at Odescalchi Castle, near Rome, at an event attended by royals, socialites and celebrities.[11] The wedding reportedly cost £12 million and the bride's Vera Wang dress £80,000.[4][12] The couple signed a pre-nuptial agreement before their wedding.[11] In February 2013, Petra gave birth to the couple's first child, in the UK. The couple describe themselves as "virtually teetotal".[4]

In July 2011 Ecclestone purchased The Manor, in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, for $85 million, with $82.4 million borrowed from her mother.[13][14] It had been on the market for two years with an asking price of $150 million, making it the most expensive residential real estate listing in the U.S. The 57,000-square-foot (5,300 m2) mansion was the former home of Aaron and Candy Spelling, and is the largest residence in Los Angeles County.[15]

She speaks Croatian fluently and understands French and Italian.[16]

References[edit]

James Stunt's entourage, Piccadilly, London, 10 July 2014.
  1. ^ "My secret life: Petra Ecclestone, fashion designer", The Independent; retrieved 18 June 2011.
  2. ^ "England & Wales Births". Findmypast. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Driving force: Petra Ecclestone". London Evening Standard. 8 October 2009. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Boshoff, Alison (18 June 2011). "Petra Ecclestone, the girl whose full-time job is spending Daddy's billions". Daily Mail (London, UK). Retrieved 18 June 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Petra Ecclestone: I wanted to die: Turning point: when Petra Ecclestone contracted viral meningitis at the age of 14 it changed her life forever" by Julie Cross, The Times, 30 March 2010; retrieved 8 February 2011.
  6. ^ a b c Vernon, Polly (7 June 2009). "Petra Ecclestone, the heiress who works for a living". The Guardian (London). 
  7. ^ "Siscia Will Produce Clothing by Petra Ecclestone". Javno. 20 April 2009. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  8. ^ Thompson, Jody (25 January 2011). "'I keep my eveningwear in the dressing room next door': Petra Ecclestone attempts to defend her privileged lifestyle... but doesn't do very well". Daily Mail (London, UK). 
  9. ^ Billionairess Petra Ecclestone's accessories line Stark to launch at New York Fashion Week http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2033211/Billionairess-Petra-Ecclestones-accessories-line-Stark-launch-New-York-Fashion-Week.html
  10. ^ 1 September 2011 (1 September 2011). "Petra Ecclestone's Fast Lane". WWD. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Business Rich"; accessed 7 April 2014.
  12. ^ "£12m wedding was worth every penny", Daily Mail; retrieved 22 November 2011.
  13. ^ "It's Official! Candy Spelling's Closing Price: $85 Million", AOL Real Estate, 14 July 2011; retrieved 14 July 2011.
  14. ^ "It's not just daddy who's got a healthy bank balance ... Petra Ecclestone borrows a cool $82.4 million from her mummy", Daily Mail; retrieved 6 August 2011.
  15. ^ "Candy Spelling's Holmby Hills mansion listed for $150 million", Los Angeles Times; retrieved 18 June 2011.
  16. ^ Perry, Tasmina (12 October 2008). " Christmas". The Daily Telegraph (London).