Alex Perry

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Alex Perry
Born Alexandros Pertsinidis
14 February 1963
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Occupation Fashion designers, Television personality, judge, host
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s) Mary Perry
Website www.alexperry.com.au

Alex Perry is an Australian fashion designer and television presenter, known for his womenswear. As a fashion designer, he has designed dresses that have been worn by some of the world’s most famous women including HRH Crown Princess Mary, Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, Gigi Hadid, Kylie Jenner, Sandra Bullock, Giuliana Rancic, Miranda Kerr, Alessandra Ambrosio, Sarah Murdoch, Elle Macpherson, Jennifer Hawkins, Phoebe Tonkin, Natalie Portman, Nicole Richie, P!nk, Kelly Osbourne, Eva Longoria, Jessica Chastain, Kate Upton, Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Rihanna.

Alex Perry designs have featured on front covers of such publications as Vogue Australia, Harper's Bazaar Australia, Marie Claire, InStyle and Good Weekend.

In addition to the success of his fashion brand. Alex Perry is also an in demand media personality. He is the longest serving talent on Australia's Next Top Model having appeared as a judge for ten seasons and also as a judge on Asia's Next Top Model and being the host of The Real Housewives of Melbourne Reunion.

Early life[edit]

Alex Perry was born in Alexandros Pertsindis and grew up in a migrant, working-class family in Sydney. His father migrated to Australia and his mother was born in Australia of Greek immigrant parents.[1] He has an older brother named, Lee.[2]

Career[edit]

In 1992, Perry opened his first Studio in suburban Kensington creating gowns, corsets and sheaths. Alex's gowns were quickly acclaimed. Vogue Australia was the first to feature his jewelled corsets and glamorous sheaths in their main fashion shoot. This was Alex's first editorial shoot, and the gowns photographed soon became his signature style. Alex Perry gowns have since ongoingly featured on the covers of Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Marie Claire, InStyle Australia, Madison & Grazia Australia.

Perry relocated his studio in 1994 to Double Bay, Sydney, where he built up his clientele to include high-profile celebrities, social identities and personalities. Alex Perry was a designer at the inaugural Mercedes Australian Fashion Week held in May 1995, and has shown collections each year. Perry’s runway shows have featured models such as Linda Evangelista, Alessandra Ambrosio, Megan Gale, Miranda Kerr, Alyssa Sutherland, Nicole Trunfio and Lily Cole.

Perry launched his first "ready-to-wear" collection in 1998. In May 2002, Perry opened his Sydney boutique at The Strand Arcade. The Alex Perry "ready-to-wear" collection represented a new generation of evening wear which launched globally in 2013. Alex Perry is renowned for his gowns, making him much in demand for red carpet and event dressing. Alex Perry’s statement dresses, often with intricate details, have led to an ever- increasing local and international client list.

International models Elle Macpherson, Linda Evangelista and Claudia Schiffer have donned his designer ball gowns and red carpet evening wear.[3] Jennifer Lopez and Nelly Furtado both chose to perform on stage and walked the red carpet in Alex Perry gowns. His designs have also been modelled by Jennifer Hawkins, former Miss Australia and Miss Universe and currently host of Australias Next Top Model.

Media[edit]

Perry has appeared as a fashion commentator or co-host on such television programs as 50 Years of Television – Red Carpet Reportage (Seven Network), Melbourne Cup Fashions on the Field (Seven Network), the Australian Fashion Awards (Nine Network), Ultimate Make Over (Seven Network), and also provided the commentary for Prince Charles and Camilla's wedding. During its run, he was a regular guest on Mornings with Kerri-Anne on the Nine Network and still makes appearances on other morning television shows.

Perry is the only judge to appear in all nine series of the reality television series Australia's Next Top Model. He was originally cast by the show's producer Josie Mason Campbell after she saw his dynamic performances on Mornings with Kerri-Anne and was looking for a charismatic but credible fashion talent.

He appeared as a contestant in Celebrity MasterChef Australia in 2009, and Talkin' 'bout your Generation in 2010.

In July 2011, Perry took over as mentor on Season 3 of Project Runway Australia.

In May 2014, Perry hosted the two-part reunion of The Real Housewives of Melbourne.

In December 2014, STAR World Asia announced that Perry will be a part of the judging panel as a creative director of Asia's Next Top Model (cycle 3).

In September 2015, The Alex Perry Hotel & Apartments opened in Brisbane's fashionable Fortitude Valley as an upscale boutique fashion hotel. Alex describes his decision to design and build a luxury hotel in Brisbane as "I’m fashioning apartment accommodation like I would a couture garment" and "Fortitude Valley is constantly surprising and inspiring me. A true metro urban village."

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