Savannah Miller

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Savannah Miller
Sienna and Savannah Miller.jpg
Savannah Miller (left) with her sister, Sienna in September 2009
Born Savannah Elizabeth Louise Miller
(1978-12-30) December 30, 1978 (age 39)
New York City, New York, United States
Nationality American and British
Occupation Fashion designer
Years active 2004–present
Partner(s) Nick Skinner (2005–present)
Children 3

Savannah Elizabeth Louise Miller[1] (born 30 December 1978)[2] is a British-American fashion designer. After working with Alexander McQueen and Matthew Williamson, she created the label "Twenty8Twelve" with her sister, Sienna Miller. In October 2012 she launched her own collection, "Savannah".

Early life[edit]

Miller was born in New York City. Her father, Edwin Miller, is an American dealer in Chinese art, previously a banker, while her mother, Josephine Miller, is a South African model, now retired. She has a sister, Sienna, and two half-brothers, Charles and Stephen. Miller moved to London with her family in the 1980s. On leaving school she went to the Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, graduating in 2004 with a first-class honours BA degree in Fashion and Knitwear.[3][4]

Career[edit]

Miller's first jobs were with Alexander McQueen and Matthew Williamson.[3] In 2006 it was announced that Miller's sister Sienna was to design a "fashion capsule" for Pepe Jeans; this project developed into a fashion label called Twenty8Twelve, still backed by Pepe Jeans, and its first collection, designed by the two sisters, was shown in September 2007.[5] They worked together as joint creative directors until 2012. In October of that year Miller left Twenty8Twelve and launched her own collection, "Savannah", commenting "'It was really time to stand on my own two feet.[6] The first Savannah line focussed on "luxurious basics" and was marketed by Nelly.com. This led on to a Spring 2013 collection, reported as "heavily influenced by the 1970s".[7] The logo of the "Savannah" line is a swallow.[8]

Sometimes associated with the term "boho-chic",[7] in 2006 Miller described a "real bohemian" as "someone who has the ability to appreciate beauty on a deep level, is a profound romantic, doesn't know any limits, whose world is their own creation, rather than living in a box".[4] However, she dislikes the word "bohemian",[9] and the Sunday Times used the term "rural chic" for a collection she designed and modelled for the Hong Kong label Shanghai Tang.[4]

Also an occasional model, Miller has appeared on the cover of Nylon magazine[10] and Sunday Times Style.[11]

Private life[edit]

In 2005, Miller married Nick Skinner, a teacher of Bushcraft from Devon.[4] In 2011 she was living in London and Gloucestershire with her husband and three children, Moses, Lyra and Bali. She also had a step-son, Java Skinner.[12]

At home, Miller is an enthusiastic cook and gardener. In Gloucestershire, where the family arrived in 2009, she was inspired by Alys Fowler's The Edible Garden to plant a vegetable garden, and she also grew French and English lavender and sweet-smelling roses. She has described the garden before her arrival as "worryingly ornamental".[13] In 2013 Miller and her husband sold their house in Gloucestershire and moved their family to Panama. However, in 2015 they returned to England, after a variety of troubles, including a boating accident that happened to one of their sons. They then bought another house in the Cotswolds.[14]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "SAVANNAH ELIZABETH LOUISE MILLER - LONDON". www.checkcompany.co.uk. 
  2. ^ "SAVANNAH MILLER LIMITED - GREENFORD". www.checkcompany.co.uk. 
  3. ^ a b Scarlett Kilcooley-O'Halloran, Savannah Miller 18 October 2012 vogue uk
  4. ^ a b c d Jessica Brinton, 'A Miller's Tale', in The Sunday Times Style magazine 20 August 2006
  5. ^ Emili Vesilind, Shades of Sienna in Los Angeles Times 30 September 2007. Retrieved 27 August 2013
  6. ^ Kerry McDermott, "'I've been hiding behind Sienna for too long’: Savannah Miller launches first solo collection since cutting ties withTwenty8Twelve" 12 November 2012 Daily Mail. Retrieved 27 August 2013
  7. ^ a b Bel Jacobs, "Fashion designer Savannah Miller goes it alone with her new spring collection" Metro, 26 March 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2013: "And while Sienna is widely credited with bringing the concept of boho chic to the high street, it's clear Savannah shared the vision."
  8. ^ Sophie Warburton, "First look at Savannah Miller's new fashion line". The Daily Telegraph, 7 September 2012. Retrieved 27 August 2013
  9. ^ "Bohemian. Ugh, that word" attributed to Savannah Miller by Brinton in Sunday Times Style, 20 August 2006
  10. ^ Nylon cover model, with Sienna Miller, November 2007
  11. ^ Sunday Times Style cover, 20 August 2006, sitting sideways on a grey horse.
  12. ^ Bella Blissett, "My body and I: Savannah Miller". Daily Mail, 16 April 2011. Retrieved 27 August 2013
  13. ^ Chloe Fox, "Celebrity Gardeners: Savannah Miller's garden Starting from scratch, fashion designer Savannah Miller has tailored her Gloucestershire garden to her own requirements – child-friendly, organic and edible". The Daily Telegraph, 29 July 2011. Retrieved 27 August 2013
  14. ^ "Savannah Miller: I lost everything in Panama, I couldn't go on". Sunday Telegraph, 9 September 2015

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