Born in Welsh town of Merthyr Tydfil on March 19 1972, Julien MacDonald was raised in a family with a talent for knitting even his father was handy with needles. However, his first love was dancing.
He trained as a tap dancer and set his heart on a career in the spotlight, either as a hoofer or an actor. But a one year foundation course at Cardiff Art College revealed his talent for fabric design, and spurred him into enrolling on a degree course in Fashion and Textiles in British seaside town of Brighton.
Karl Lagerfeld the creative supremo at Chanel had noted his work and encouraged him to produce the French Fashion house’s knitwear while he was still at college. The German born designer was so impressed by Julien’s work on the Chanel line that he was invited to share a curtain call with Kaiser Karl a rare accolade.
Julien’s ability to design show stopping, barely there pieces is clearly appreciated by the rich and famous. His first couture collection for Givenchy was unveiled in July 2001 and commentators expecting vintage MacDonald were shocked.
Julien MacDonald scored quite a coup when he persuaded Paris Hilton to take to the catwalk in February 2006 during London Fashion Week. “Who else could bring Paris to London?mused Vogue magazine commented.
Julien’s contribution to the world of fashion was recognized by the Queen and he was titled Order of the British Empire. His designs have been worn by major celebrities like Beyonce, Lady Gaga and the Kardashians. This world class designer made his first ever trip to Nigeria at #GTBankFashionWeekend.