Marchesa (brand)

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FounderGeorgina Chapman, Keren Craig
HeadquartersNew York City
ProductsWomen's dresses, wedding dresses, handbags, china

Marchesa is an American brand specializing in women's wear based in New York City. It was established in 2004 by Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig.[1][2]

Marchesa is known for designing dresses for a number of celebrities, including Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Lopez, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, and Penélope Cruz.[3] The success of the brand among celebrities was in part attributed to the influence of Harvey Weinstein, husband of Chapman. Weinstein reportedly pressured actresses who appeared in his films to wear the brand.[4][5][6] After Weinstein's sexual abuse allegations emerged with allegations made by multiple actresses, Marchesa, once a mainstay of the red carpet, had been shunned by all the celebrities attending various awards ceremonies, in favor of other brands.[7] In May 2018, Johansson broke this months-long trend of red-carpet Marchesa avoidance by wearing a custom-made gown from the brand to the Met Gala.[8]

Since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke, designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig have not spoken to the press about their business.[9] The Fall 2019 collection was presented by couture design director Anna Holvik and Notte design director Ceazar Cabreros instead of Chapman and Craig.


Vera Farmiga wearing Marchesa at the 82nd Academy Awards in 2010.[10]

Marchesa launched a handbag line,[11][12] wedding dress line, Marchesa Bridal Couture,[12] and collaborated with Lenox on dinnerware designs.[13]

In 2010, Marchesa collaborated with Le Métier de Beauté on a cosmetics line featuring the palettes of designers Chapman and Craig.[14]


Marchesa is named after socialite Marchesa Luisa Casati. Founders Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig met at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. Chapman, a graduate of the Wimbledon School of Art, began her career as a costume designer. Craig graduated from Brighton Art College focused on print and embroidery design. Chapman's draping and design paired with Craig's textile creations resulted in the establishment of Marchesa in 2004.[citation needed]

  • Sienna Miller wore Marchesa the cover of Vogue magazine's September 2007 issue (photographed by Mario Testino) that is the subject of the 2009 documentary, The September Issue featuring Anna Wintour.
  • Georgina Chapman appeared in an episode of Gossip Girl [15]
  • Launched a diffusion line, Marchesa Notte, in 2006.
  • The company launched a fine jewelry line in February 2015 sold exclusively through Macy's.
  • Marchesa launched a costume jewelry line in fall 2015 available at Nordstrom and Lord & Taylor department stores.


The brand has been worn by Hollywood actresses on the red carpet. Sandra Bullock wore Marchesa at the 2010 Academy Awards, where she won Best Actress and was also named among the best dressed by readers of the Huffington Post.[16] A number of celebrities wore Marchesa to the 2016 Met Gala, including Poppy Delevingne,[17] Karolína Kurková,[18] and Nina Dobrev.[19]


  1. ^ "Georgina Chapman Goes Inside India's Slums With Nonprofit Magic Bus". Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Marchesa Spring 2013 Ready-to-Wear Fashion Show". Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  3. ^ Ferla, Ruth La (22 February 2007). "Fame and fear in Hollywood: Marchesa's fashion fairy tale - Style & Design - International Herald Tribune". Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  4. ^ Friedman, Vanessa; Bernstein, Jacob; Schneier, Matthew (13 October 2017). "Fashion Breaks Its Silence on Harvey Weinstein Scandal". Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Felicity Huffman confirms that Harvey Weinstein made her wear Marchesa". Mail Online. 13 October 2017. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Harvey Weinstein forced Sienna Miller to wear Marchesa". Mail Online. 11 October 2017. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  7. ^ "No stars wear Marchesa at the 2018 Golden Globes". Mail Online. 8 January 2018. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  8. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (May 8, 2018). "Scarlett Johansson Explains Why She Wore Marchesa to Met Gala". Variety. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  9. ^ Moore, Booth; Moore, Booth (2019-02-15). "Marchesa RTW Fall 2019". WWD. Retrieved 2019-04-17.
  10. ^ Melissa Magsaysay (2010-03-07). "All the Rage - Oscar red carpet: Zoe Saldana, Vera Farmiga in full swirl". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-03-19.
  11. ^ Chabbott, Sophia; Chabbott, Sophia (1 September 2009). "Marchesa to Launch Handbags for Spring". Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  12. ^ a b "Marchesa". Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Marchesa by Lenox". Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  14. ^ "The Marchesa x Le Métier de Beauté Cosmetics Collab Unveiled". The Cut. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  15. ^ "Designers Guest Star on 'Gossip Girl'". 13 August 2009. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  16. ^ "Sandra Bullock Oscar BEST-DRESSED: Best Actress Voted Reader Favorite (PHOTOS)". HuffPost. 8 May 2010. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  17. ^ Tuck, Lauren. "Met Gala: What Everyone Wore". Yahoo. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  18. ^ Tuck, Lauren. "Met Gala: What Everyone Wore". Yahoo. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  19. ^ Tuck, Lauren. "Met Gala: What Everyone Wore". Yahoo. Retrieved 3 May 2016.

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