Marchesa (brand)

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HeadquartersNew York City
ProductsWomen's dresses, wedding dresses, handbags, china

Marchesa is an American brand specializing in high-end womenswear based in New York City. It was established in 2004 by Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig. [1][2]

Until recently, Marchesa was known for designing dresses for a number of A-list 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 and one of the most prominent producers in Hollywood, who reportedly pressured actresses who appeared in his films to wear the brand.[4][5][6] After allegations emerged, from over 100 actresses, that Weinstein had raped, assaulted, or sexually harassed them, Marchesa, once a mainstay of the red carpet, has 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]


Vera Farmiga wearing Marchesa at the 82nd Academy Awards in 2010.[9]

Marchesa launched a handbag line[10][11] and wedding dresses[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. British-born Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig met at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. Chapman, a 2001 graduate of the Wimbledon School of Art, began her career as a costume designer. Craig graduated from Brighton Art College in 2000 and subsequently 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]

  • Marchesa was featured on the cover of Vogue magazine's September issue that is the subject of the 2009 documentary The September Issue featuring Anna Wintour.
  • Marchesa's Georgina Chapman appeared in an episode of Gossip Girl with Blake Lively.[15]
  • Marchesa 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 a number of 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]


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  8. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (May 8, 2018). "Scarlett Johansson Explains Why She Wore Marchesa to Met Gala". Variety. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Women's Wear Daily - Marchesa Handbags
  11. ^ Marchesa Handbags
  12. ^ Marchesa Bridal
  13. ^ Marchesa by Lenox
  14. ^ Marchesa x Le Métier de Beauté
  15. ^ Georgina Chapman featured on Gossip Girl
  16. ^ Sandra Bullock Oscar Best Dressed
  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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