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CELINE
Céline is a French luxury house founded in 1945 by Céline Vipiana.
Today, it is an international luxury goods brand owned by LVMH,
purchased in July 1988 for 2.7 billion French francs circa $540 million.
Céline was originally created as a made-to-measure children's shoe
business that eventually grew into women's shoes and accessories.The
ready-to-wear line debuted in the 1960s. Celine Vipiana was the designer
from 1945-1997.
American fashion designer Michael Kors was named the first ever
women's ready-to-wear designer and creative director for Celine in 1997.
During his tenure at Céline, Kors turned the fashion house around with
blockbuster accessories and a critically acclaimed ready-to-wear line. Kors
designed for the label until 2004. Italian designer RobertoMenichetti was
named creative director. After a disappointing year, Menichetti was
replaced by Croatian designer Ivana Omazic. Omazic was a former
consultant for the brand and previously worked with Romeo Gigli, Prada,
Jil Sander, and Miu Miu.
On September 4, 2008, the influential fashion portal WWDFashion
announced that Bernard Arnault, president of LVMH, appointed Phoebe
Philo as the new creative director of Céline. Philo started at Celine in
October 2008 and presented her first Celine ready-to-wear collection for
Spring/Summer 2010 at Paris Fashion Week to rave reviews. Philo
replaces Ivana Omazi . “By giving Philo Céline, we’re giving her a
platform to express her vision,” said Pierre-Yves Roussel, chief executive
officer of LVMH’s fashion division which owns Céline.
Client Rosta Includes: Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie,
Jennifer Aniston, Lucy Liu, Kylie Minogue to name a few.
For more information visit the official Céline website at
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