Amanda Harlech

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Amanda Jane Harlech, Baroness Harlech (née Grieve; May 1958) is a British creative consultant and writer with a long association with the couturiers John Galliano and Karl Lagerfeld. She was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1997.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Amanda Jane Grieve was born in 1958 in north London, the daughter of Alan Grieve, a solicitor and director of the Jerwood Foundation and his first wife, Anne Dulake.[3] She grew up in Regent's Park where one of her childhood companions was Jasper Conran.[4]

She was educated at South Hampstead High School and Marlborough College before studying English at Somerville College, Oxford University, specialising in the work of Henry James.[5]

Personal life[edit]

On May 16th 1986, she married Francis Ormsby-Gore, 6th Baron Harlech, adopting the surname 'Harlech'. The couple had two children:[3]

Harlech and her husband were divorced on 31 August 1998. She now lives in Shropshire, with a base at the Hôtel Ritz Paris for the city's fashion shows.


Harlech worked with John Galliano during his years as an independent couturier. When Galliano joined Dior in 1996, she joined Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel. She also works as a consultant at Fendi.[6]

Harlech has collaborated on two books – Palazzo and Sicily – and has expressed the desire to write more in the future.[7]

In November 2011, Harlech appeared in Karl Lagerfeld's film The Tale of a Fairy[8] and the Patricia Mazuy film Sport de Filles with Marina Hands, Bruno Ganz and Josiane Balasko.[9]

In December 2011, Harlech curated the Krug-sponsored "Happiness" exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.[10] The exhibition, which raised funds for the Royal Academy Schools, consisted of artworks donated by celebrities.[11]

In May 2013, Harlech appeared in Karl Largerfeld's film Once Upon A Time,[12] featuring Keira Knightley.

In September 2013, Harlech is seen in the Fendi film Invito Pericoloso .[13]

In February 2014, Harlech, with Dominic Jones, started a jewellery collection called Harlot & Bones.[14]

She made a brief appearance in the Karl Lagerfeld-directed Once and Forever, starring Kristen Stewart, Geraldine Chaplin, and Jérémie Elkaïm.[15]


  • Miss Amanda Grieve (1958–1986)
  • The Right Honourable The Lady Harlech (1986–1998)
  • Amanda, Lady Harlech (1998–present)


  1. ^ "World's Best Dressed Women". The International Hall of Fame: Women. 1997. Archived from the original on 12 July 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  2. ^ Eleanor Lambert; Bettina Zilkha (2004). Ultimate Style – The Best of the Best Dressed List. Assouline. p. 161. ISBN 2843235138.
  3. ^ a b Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. p. 1792. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
  4. ^ "Amanda Harlech's highland fling with Chanel". The Daily Telegraph.
  5. ^ Justine Picardie (2 December 2007). "Amanda Harlech: a charmed life". The Telegraph. Retrieved 9 February 2015. She won a scholarship to South Hampstead girls' school, and stayed there until she was 16, when she went to board at Marlborough for her A-levels.
  6. ^ Independent, 2012 profile by Alex Fury
  7. ^ Guardian, 2007 profile by Lynn Barber
  8. ^ "Entertainment News, Celebrity and Pop Culture". ABC News. 25 August 2013. Archived from the original on 28 August 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
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  10. ^ jameslacey (23 November 2011). "Mission Public Relations | The Krug Happiness Exhibition". Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  11. ^ "Freud Slips Quietly into the RA". vLex. Londoner's Diary | Evening Standard. 13 December 2011. Archived from the original on 10 July 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  12. ^ "Once Upon A Time Starring Keira Knightley by Karl Lagerfeld". Hypebeast. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2020.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ Samantha Conti with contributions from Lorelei Marfil (26 February 2014). "Amanda Harlech, Dominic Jones to Launch Jewelry". Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 December 2015. Retrieved 7 December 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)