Phoebe Philo

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Phoebe Philo
Phoebe Philo 2.jpg
Philo in 2008
Born (1973-01-01) 1 January 1973 (age 48)
Paris, France
EducationCentral Saint Martins
OccupationFashion designer
Max Wigram
(m. 2004)

Phoebe Philo OBE (born 1 January 1973)[1] is a British fashion designer. She was the creative director of Céline from 2008 to 2018 and creative director of Chloé from 2001 to 2006.

Early life[edit]

Philo was born in Paris to British parents working there. Her father, Richard, is a surveyor and her mother, Celia, is an art dealer and graphic artist who had a hand in creating David Bowie's Aladdin Sane album cover. The family returned to Britain when she was two years old, and she was raised in Harrow, London. In 1987, at the age of 14, she began customizing her clothes after receiving a sewing machine as a birthday present from her parents.[2]

She studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, graduating in 1996. She graduated showing a final student collection that The Guardian would later describe as having a "Latino influence and huge gold jewellery". She quickly joined Chloé as Stella McCartney's first assistant for ready-to-wear collection in Paris.[3]


Philo began working for Chloé in 1997 as Stella McCartney's design assistant, succeeding her as creative director in 2001.[4]

In 2006 Philo left Chloé. During this break from the industry, she moved back to London to be with her family and had her second child. In 2008, LVMH offered her a job as creative director and board member of the French Maison Céline, where she set up her studio for the company and continued to work in London whilst showing in Paris. She agreed, and presented her debut collection the next year to much critical acclaim.[5]

In 2017 after 10 years of working at Céline and much speculation in the media it was announced that Philo would step down as the creative director of Céline after the Pre-Fall 2018 collection.[6]

Phoebe Philo’s work at Céline redefined what women aspire to wear, with her minimalist aesthetic, clean lines and tonal colour palette gaining traction with critics and consumers alike. Consistently name checked by fashion insiders as the label they want to wear, Philo successfully resuscitated a tired Parisian house and recast it as an imperative part of each season’s fashion dialogue.[7]

In 2021, Philo announced she is launching a brand under her own name.[8] LVMH is a minority stakeholder.[8]


Philo was named by Time Magazine as amongst the world's 100 most influential people in 2014.[9]

She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to fashion.

Personal life[edit]

Philo married English gallerist and art dealer Max Wigram (b. 1966)[10] in July 2004. They live in London and have three children.


  1. ^ "Phoebe Philo's profile". Grazia (France). Retrieved 8 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Phoebe's Philo-sophy: top fashion designer says family comes first". Evening Standard. 15 March 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  3. ^ Porter, Charlie (13 April 2001). "Pole position". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  4. ^ Barrington, Katie (22 April 2008). "Phoebe Philo biography". Vogue (UK). Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Phoebe Philo biography". Business of Fashion (BoF).
  6. ^ Spencer, Mimosa (22 December 2017). "Phoebe Philo to leave Céline". WWC. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  7. ^ Phoebe Philo is part of the BoF 500. (2021). Retrieved 14 June 2021, from
  8. ^ a b Phelps, Nicole (July 12, 2021). "Phoebe Philo, Fashion's Quiet Revolutionary, Is Launching a New Eponymous Label". Vogue. Retrieved 2021-07-12.
  9. ^ McCartney, Stella (23 April 2014). "Phoebe Philo by Stella McCartney: TIME 100". Time. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  10. ^