Bruce Oldfield

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Bruce Oldfield
OBE
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Oldfield (right) appearing on TV series After Dark in 1988
Born (1950-07-14) 14 July 1950 (age 68)
OccupationFashion designer
WebsiteOfficial website
Bruce Oldfield store, Beauchamp Place, London (2016)

Bruce Oldfield, OBE (born 14 July 1950) is a British fashion designer, best known for his couture occasionwear. Notable clients have included Sienna Miller, Barbra Streisand, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Diana Ross, Emmanuelle Seigner, Rihanna, Kelly Brook, Taylor Swift, Elizabeth McGovern, Rosamund Pike, Anjelica Huston, Faye Dunaway, Jacqueline Jossa, Melanie Griffith, Charlotte Rampling, Jerry Hall, Joan Collins, Diana, Princess of Wales, Queen Noor of Jordan, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Queen Rania of Jordan.

Early life[edit]

Oldfield was brought up and educated in the care of children's charity, Barnardo's (his father, whom he never knew, had migrated to Britain from Jamaica).[1] He was educated at Ripon Grammar School, Sheffield City College of Education (now Sheffield Hallam University),[2] and Ravensbourne College.[3]

He graduated from St. Martin's School of Art, London, in 1973 to critical acclaim. That year he staged his first one-man show for Henri Bendel, later returning to London to show his first collection.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

In 1975 the Bruce Oldfield label was born with the launch of ready-to-wear collections for European and American stores. He began making couture clothes in 1978 for individual clients and from 1980 for Diana, Princess of Wales. In 1984 he opened his first shop selling ready-to-wear and couture to an international clientele. During the 1980s, he also designed shoes for couture house Rayne.[4]

In 2009 he opened a second premises in Beauchamp Place dedicated to weddings, incorporating wedding dresses, veils, and a full range of bridal accessories.[citation needed]

In 1990, Oldfield was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the fashion industry; and in 2004 his autobiography Rootless was published. He has Honorary Fellowships to the Royal College of Art and the Universities of Durham and Sheffield, was Governor of The London Institute (1999–2001) and Trustee of the Royal Academy of Arts (2000–02).[citation needed]

In December 2001, Oldfield received an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law (Hon DCL) from the University of Northumbria in Newcastle upon Tyne and in 2005 an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Central England. He is also a Vice-President of Barnardo's.[citation needed]

Today, couture, bridal and custom made, together with complementing accessories, can be found at 27 & 34 Beauchamp Place, London SW3. He redesigned the McDonald's staff uniform for 2008. Sophie, Countess of Wessex wore Bruce Oldfield to the 2011 Royal Wedding. In April 2013, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall wore pale powder-blue Bruce Oldfield dress to the inauguration ceremony for King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.[5]

He is a supporter of the Conservative Party.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "London Diary", The Daily Gleaner, 17 July 1982, p. 3.
  2. ^ Smith, Stephanie (12 September 2015). "Fashion: Bruce Oldfield interview". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Ravensbourne". The Independent. 9 August 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  4. ^ "An Afternoon with Rayne Shoes". ftmlondon.org. Fashion and Textile Museum. Archived from the original on 12 June 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  5. ^ London, Bianca (30 April 2013). "Camilla, the dazzling Duchess, in Amsterdam to celebrate the crowning of King Willem-Alexander of Holland". Daily Mail. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  6. ^ Matthews, Jenny (21 April 2005). "Who's backing whom at the election?". BBC News. Retrieved 19 November 2015.

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