Amanda Wakeley OBE (born 15 September 1962) is a British fashion designer best known for her evening and cocktail dresses and accessories, and for her “clean glam” signature style, has also developed a presence in daywear, including day-dresses, tailoring and knitwear and a line of accessories and jewellery. Sposa is the brand's bridal collection. Wakeley is an advocate for international organisation Women for Women.
Wakeley is the daughter of Sir John Wakeley, 2nd Baronet (1926–2012), a prominent surgeon and former chief inspector for the City of London Special Constabulary, and his wife June, a physiotherapist.
Following a spell as a fashion model in New York in the 1980s, Wakeley launched her signature line in 1990, opening a small studio and boutique in Chelsea, London, with a £20,000 loan from her father.
Patronage from Princess Diana solidified her success. In 2000, her ex-husband Neil Gillon sold the company to Richard Caring, who sold it to Saudi billionaire Walid Juffali in 2005, who sold it to former City trader Jason Granite in 2008.
Wakeley's flagship store is located in Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London. Besides the UK, where Wakeley has concessions at Harvey Nichols throughout the country and at other leading retailers, the brand's international presence continues to grow and is now available in more than 50 fashion and luxury retailers throughout Europe, America and the Middle East.
Her first marriage was to "a much older investment banker whom she met during her party girl period in New York". Aged 26, she married Neil Gillon, an Australian-born property developer, but they split in 1998, and since 2005 she has been in a relationship with financial PR adviser Hugh Morrison, who bought back her label for £1 million. They have a home in Chelsea, London, overlooking the river, a country house in Hampshire, and a chalet in Verbier.
Wakeley was appointed an OBE in 2010 for her services to the fashion industry, and is also the winner of numerous awards, including three British Fashion Awards. Since 1996, she has co-chaired the committee for the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer appeal leading the efforts to raise substantial funds to support the charity.
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