Dress by Marchesa; pumps by Gianvito Rossi; jewelry Georgina's own
half of the Marchesa design team, Chapman has devised some of the past decade's most coveted gowns.
Chapman and partner Keren Craig, a friend since their days at London's Chelsea College of Art and Design, began their label in 2004, named in tribute to the decadent Marchesa Luisa Casati. Soon after, the duo created two dresses to wear to a pivotal dinner party – pivotal, as Chapman found herself seated next to the late fashion provocateur Isabella Blow.
"Isabella asked if she could wear my dress to Paris Fashion Week," recalls Chapman. The corseted sari-silk dresses won Blow over and she became an instrumental
“It’s so SPECIAL, seeing a WOMAN put on a dress and witnessing that EMOTIONAL connection”
supporter. "She told us, 'You must do eveningwear'." Tamara Mellon, another friend and advisor, recommended that the duo promote their pieces to the entertainment industry. And when Renée Zellweger chose their crimson sari-style number for a Bridget Jones premiere, they were off. "It was incredible for a
new brand to get that kind of exposure," says Chapman. "The power of the red carpet really became apparent to us." By then, Chapman had begun dating the film producer Harvey Weinstein who, at 24 years her senior,
boasted a roster of accolades for films including The Lord Of The
Rings and Shakespeare In Love.
Below: Renée Zellweger, with
Hugh Grant, at the Bridget Jones: the
Edge of Reason premiere, 2004
Amy Adams and Jessica Biel (left) in red-carpet Marchesa gowns
Dress by Marchesa; pumps by Gianvito Rossi; jewelry Georgina’s owncredits
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