Amanda Wakeleywas born in Chester, England in 1962. She started working in fashion design in the United States in 1984 working for Go Silk in New York. She founded her own salon in London in 1990.
Her clothes are sold throughout the world and she has two retail outlets in London. She is the only designer to have won the Glamour award in the British Fashion Awards three times, most recently in 1996.
Wakeley is best known for her simple but stylish separates and was a great influence on Princess Diana, when she was developing her working wardrobe in the early 90's. Wakeley provided her with many of her most feminine suits, including the bottle-green executive suit she wore when she resigned from public life in 1993.
In 1992, she was awarded her first British fashion award for glamour, which was followed by two more in 1993 and 1996.
She shows her collections in London, Milan and Paris. She has two stores in London and 4 more in other parts of the U.K. Her clothes retail at about 70 departmental stores and independent stockists. She has a thriving business in the Middle East, Australia, the United States, Singapore and Europe.
In 1998 Amanda designed the workdress for 80,000 BT employees.
Amanda's strapless black gown was worn by Kate Moss on the cover of UK Vogue of November 98. It is shown here on the right.
As well as her fashion activities, Amanda Wakeley has co-chaired the committee of Fashion Targets Breast Cancer Appeal since 1996. She actively supports many other charities.
In June 2000, her company was acquired by the International Clothing Designs Ltd. and with the strength of ICD behind her, an ambitious expansion strategy has begun, which includes ready-to-wear, bridal collections and other lines in 40 stockists worldwide.
In 2005 she has new backers and has recently moved her production to China and India where the wider variety of skills has allowed her to extend her scope. The2006 spring summer / collection was inspired by 1930s style modernised with breezy satins, printed silk jerseys paired with immaculately cut tailoring.
The Amanda Wakely style is one of chic simplicity and grown-up sensuality which she describes as "simple ideas expressed strongly".
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