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Jasper Conran

Designer

Biography

British designer Jasper Conran trained at Parson’s School of Design in New York. He produced his first womenswear collection in 1978 and was a founding member of the London Designer Collections – subsequently renamed London Fashion Week – where he continues to show today. He was awarded Designer of the Year by the British Fashion Council in 1986.

He has diversified from womenswear into menswear, fragrance, accessories, eyewear, luggage, collections for the home, interiors and the performing arts. In 2008 he was appointed an OBE for his services to retail. Collaborations shaping his career include designing ceramic and glass for Wedgwood and Waterford, interior furnishings for Designers Guild, and a successful diffusion line, J by Jasper Conran, for the leading UK department store group Debenhams.

He has designed costumes and sets for a total of 13 plays, ballets and operas. In 1991 he won the Olivier Award for Costume Designer of the Year for Jean Anouilh’s The Rehearsal. His subsequent theatre designs include costumes for Simon Callow's production of My Fair Lady, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake (Scottish Ballet), David Bintley's Tombeaux (Royal Ballet), Brahms Handel Variations, The Nutcracker Sweeties, The Shakespeare Suite and Arthur Part 1 (Birmingham Royal Ballet), The Compleat Consort (Munich Ballet) and Edward II (Stuttgart Ballet).

His debut book Country, a photographic and written portrait of a year in the English countryside, was published in 2010. In 2014, he curated and designed an exhibition of unseen Cecil Beaton photographs at Wilton House, Wiltshire and he opened his first hotel in 2016, L’Hôtel Marrakech.

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