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|Education||Central Saint Martins|
|Labels||Céline and, formerly, Chloé|
Philo was born to British parents working in Paris. Her father is a surveyor and her mother is an art dealer and graphic artist (who had a hand in creating David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane album cover). She was raised in Harrow-on-the-Hill, London. In 1987, at the age of 14, she began customizing her clothes after receiving a sewing machine as a birthday present from her parents.
Philo graduated from Central Saint Martins in 1996, a year after Stella McCartney. She graduated showing a final student collection that The Guardian would later describe as having a “Latino influence and huge gold jewellery. She began working for Chloé in 1997 as Stella McCartney's design assistant, succeeding her as Creative Director in 2001, after the Gucci Group offered McCartney the opportunity to launch her own label. Philo claims that she learned a lot about design from McCartney, with many claiming that Philo added a "street sensibility" to McCartney's designs. Philo resigned from her role at Chloé on January 5, 2006. Her reasons for leaving included a desire to spend more time with her family.
Like McCartney, Philo is a vegetarian and will not work with fur, but whereas McCartney (a strict vegetarian) will not work with leather either, Philo will. But Celine, where Phoebe Philo still works, began to use fur in their Fall/Winter 2012 collection.
Some of the 'It' items produced by Chloé under Phoebe Philo include high-waisted jeans and babydoll dresses, wooden wedge shoes (something of a phenomenon at the time) and stack heeled buckled boots, and the Paddington (sometimes cited as the most popular It Bag of all time), Betty and Edith handbags.
On September 4, 2008, the influential fashion portal WWDFashion announced that Bernard Arnault, president of LVMH, appointed Phoebe Philo as the new creative director of Céline. Philo replaced the Croatian born designer Ivana Omazić, who, according to LVMH, failed to transform this second league brand into one at the forefront of fashion. "By giving Philo Céline, we’re giving her a platform to express her vision," said Pierre-Yves Roussel, chief executive officer of LVMH's fashion division.
Philo has said of her appointment at Céline: "This is a really exciting step for me to be taking, with what could be seen as one of the most promising brands of the industry. I can't wait to step back into the studio and begin creating designs which will reinvigorate the brand, get customers excited about the product and work with a team that are incredibly serious and passionate about their work".[this quote needs a citation]
Philo is name-checked in 'Dark Fantasy', the first track on Kanye West's album "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy".
Philo is married to English gallerist Max Wigram. They have 3 children: a daughter named Maya Celia Sally born on December of 2004 and 2 sons, Marlowe born on 2007 and Arthur born on April of 2012.
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- Phoebe Philo named British Fashion Designer of the Year, VOGUE.COM UK
- Official Chloé website
- Official Céline website