Fashion Biography

Caroline Charles, Fashion Designer


Caroline Charles is one of London"s most respected womenswear designers. She has developed her
business over the past four decades and the label is sold and marketed throughout the world.

Awarded an OBE for services to the British fashion industry during the company"s 40th year in
business. V&A celebration and award from British Fashion Council
Opened own shops in Harrogate, Richmond, Wilmslow, Guildford, Tunbridge Wells, Cheltenham &
Expanded concessions in Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges
The Studio Collection was launched. The collection is inspired by antique textiles and is pure luxury

Opened a store in Japan under license plus wholesale concessions. The British Embassy in Tokyo
hosted Caroline Charles fashion show. Tony Blair visited the main store for a photo call
Concessions opened in Selfridges and Harvey Nichols
Designed the official scarf to mark the fortieth anniversary of the accession of HM The Queen
Dressed Emma Thompson for the Oscars, where she won the award for Best Actress
Transformed a 7 storey London house into a new store in Bond Street
Expanded with a working woman collection1980"s
Worked with major Japanese clothing, accessories and textile companies
Began a licensing programme, working with Charnos and Aristoc. Undertook a special project with
Diana, Princess of Wales, Jerry Hall and Liza Minelli became clients
Launched a bedlinen collection under licence and added other home products
Designed a range of men"s ties, now collectors" items. The V&A hold several pieces from the Caroline
Charles womens collection and have added the ties to their archives in Knightsbridge
Moved into 56/57 Beauchamp Place, the current flagship store and corporate headquarters
Designed collections for BBC Weekend Wardrobe TV series and book

Marketed collection in the Middle East, Europe and the USA
First Caroline Charles retail outlet opened in Beauchamp Place London
Joined the committee of the British Colour and Textile Group, representing the UK at International
colour trend meetings
Designed workerwear for Boots the Chemist, Habitat, Estee Lauder and Jaguar
Opened a store in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles
Travelled extensively as a consultant to tannery and textile companies in Italy and India
Took on design consultancy for Marks & Spencer which continued for the next two decades

Dressed LuLu, Marianne Faithful, Barbara Streisand, Dionne Warwick, Mick Jagger, Ringo Starr and
Rudololph Nuryev, Madame Pompidou, Queen Muna of Jordan
Weekly slot reporting fashion on BBC Radio"s show Teen Scene
Guest on Juke Box Jury and many other TV shows in the UK and the US
Designed a new young range for Miss Selfridges
Collection sold by the trend setting boutiques in Britain & Paris
and in the major fashion store groups in the USA, Europe and Australia. Toured USA putting on Fashion and Pop shows in 36 cities
Received awards recognising her achievements as a young designer and travelled widely in promoting
her collection
Collaborated on the Yardley London campaign dressing Jean Shrimpton
For forty years, Caroline Charles has been a pioneer of British fashion and remains one of the leading design companies in the UK today.

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