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Fashion Biography

Ben De Lisi, Fashion Designer

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Ben"s beautiful sense of style has been embraced by the world of fashion and interiors. Using his unique signature style his designs focus on beautiful fabrics, innovative design details and a vibrant colour palette to create a look that is sexy and modern for the home or wardrobe.
Biography

Grew up near a beach in Long Island

Studied at the Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn majoring
in Sculpture and Painting

Began to work in the industry by painting fabric by the
metre for a young unknown designer

This working collaboration led him to begin creating clothes
in the very fabric he painted

In 1979 he started his first collaboration for men in New York a capsule range of sportswear comprising knits, jackets, trousers and shirts sold at stores in America, such as Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale"s and Macy"s

In 1982 moved to London to pursue his dream of becoming a fashion designer and produced his first capsule collection

Developed a signature style of modern elegance with his trademark long dresses that are both sexy and beautiful

Joined Debenhams in 1992 with the BDL by Ben de Lisi collection which has become one of the largest selling ranges in the Womenswear Designers at Debenhams portfolio

Won the coveted British Glamour Designer of the Year award twice in 1994 and 1995

In 1995 began showing his collections at London Fashion Week

In 2001 began working with Countryside Properties in North West England, designing and giving apartments his stylish touch

Worked with Abacus, developing a unique range of branded bathrooms

In 2007 Ben was awarded an honorary doctorate for his contribution to fashion by the University of Northamptonshire

Added a homeware range to his collections at Debenhams in 2009 including many sought after, statement pieces that have been highly acclaimed in the press

Awarded a second honorary doctorate by the Robert Gordon University of Aberdeen

Designed interior design luxury apartments for The Grosvenor and continues to work on his own interior range for private clients in London, Budapest, Portugal and is currently working on a project in Windermere

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