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Julien Macdonald

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Name  Julien Macdonald

Role  Fashion designer
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Education  University of Brighton Faculty of Arts, University of Brighton, Royal College of Art
TV shows  Britain's Next Top Model, Project Catwalk
Nominations  Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance

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Julien Macdonald OBE (born 19 March 1971 in Merthyr Tydfil) is a Welsh fashion designer who has appeared as judge on the television programme, Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model. In 2001, he was named "British Fashion Designer of the Year", and on 15 March 2001, was appointed as chief designer at Givenchy (Alexander McQueen's successor). His atelier is at Old Burlington Street, London.


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Macdonald attended Cyfarthfa High School in his place of birth, the working class town of Merthyr Tydfil, Wales. Julien was taught knitting by his mother and soon became interested in design.

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Macdonald was also interested in a career as a dancer, but, instead, studied textiles at the Faculty of Arts and Architecture, Brighton, England. He then became a student at the Royal College of Art, where he gained a master's degree.


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Soon after graduation, Macdonald was recruited by Karl Lagerfeld to work for Chanel, a role that was accompanied by freelance work creating knitwear for Alexander McQueen.

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In 2000, Macdonald was appointed to the position of chief designer at the Paris Haute Couture house of Givenchy (as successor to Alexander McQueen); and, in 2001, he was named British Fashion Designer of the Year.

He was selected by British Airways in 2001 to redesign their flight attendants' uniforms.


Macdonald has attracted much criticism for his extensive use of fur, including one incident in which he and Paris Hilton were flour-bombed. He stated that fur provides the majority of his revenue and that his label would collapse were he not to use it. In February 2007, Macdonald was again criticised for the prominent use of fur in his autumn collection, causing further outrage when he claimed that "People who don't like fur can piss off. I love fur. It's a beautiful natural product from animals."

Celebrity clients

Macdonald's dresses have been worn by celebrities including Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez and Gigi Hadid.

Media appearances

Macdonald appeared as a judge on the British version of Project Runway, known as Project Catwalk, that was broadcast on Sky One.

In February 2010, Macdonald was appointed as a new judge on Britain's Next Top Model, alongside new host and former supermodel, Elle Macpherson.

In September 2013, MacDonald was revealed as one of the contestants on the dancing competition television show Strictly Come Dancing. Janette Manrara is his professional partner and the designer explained in a 17 September interview: "she’s [Manrara] the one that literally keeps me on my toes ... after only two weeks of training, parts of me hurt that I didn't even know existed." The couple were eliminated in the fourth week of the competition after losing to Countdown presenter Rachel Riley.


In June 2006, MacDonald was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to fashion.


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