About

the designer

Although in 1955 American born, Ben de Lisi has become such a strong player on the English fashion scene that it is easy to forget that heís not English.

He grew up in New York and studied at the Pratt Institute of Fine Art in Brooklyn. Furthermore he was taught to sew by his Grandmother. He worked at New Yorkís garment district before moving to London in 1982. Five years later, he established his own company and made his debut as a scheduled show at London Fashion Week in 1994.

That same year and the year after (1995), Ben de Lisi won the Most Glamorous Designer Award. The two Glamour Awards he received from the British Fashion Council are well deserved.

Over the following years, he and his business partner, Debbie Lovejoy, have build up an independent brand with a loyal customer base and an established celebrity following.

Ben designs a diffusion line in conjunction with Debenhams called BDL by Ben de Lisi which has become one of the largest selling ranges under their Designers at Debenhams umbrella.

In 1998 Ben and Debbie opened the first stand alone boutique at 40 Elizabeth Street in Belgravia, where the entire collection is sold in an intimate and aesthetic space. This is the hub of the business and also where Ben holds his couture and bridal appointments.

Benís beautiful sense of style has been embraced by the interiors world. In 2001 Ben worked with Countryside Properties PLC on several projects in Manchester including The Edge and The NV Building. He has recently completed a project with Avenir Properties in Leeds on a development which sold out during the launch weekend in March.

The heart of the company and Benís primary focus is on his two mainline collections a year, using beautiful fabrics and innovative trims to provide his customers with what he is now well known for internationally Ė sexy, modern clothes for sexy, modern women.

Over the following years, he and his business partner, Debbie Lovejoy, have built up an independent brand with a loyal customer base and an established celebrity following.

Ben designs a diffusion line in conjunction with Debenhams called BDL by Ben de Lisi which has become one of the largest selling ranges under their Designers at Debenhams umbrella.

In 1998 Ben and Debbie opened the first stand alone boutique at 40 Elizabeth Street in Belgravia, where the entire collection is sold in an intimate and aesthetic space. This is the hub of the business and also where Ben holds his couture and bridal appointments.

Benís beautiful sense of style has been embraced by the interiors world. In 2001 Ben worked with Countryside Properties PLC on several projects in Manchester including The Edge and The NV Building. He has recently completed a project with Avenir Properties in Leeds on a development which sold out during the launch weekend in March.

The heart of the company and Benís primary focus is on his two mainline collections a year.

The Look

Ben de Lisiís clothes have modern elegance and his signature long dresses have wide ranging appeal, being both sexy and beautiful. Known for both his daywear and eveningwear, Ben de Lisi's attention to details and fabric treatment make his clothes not only very wearable but sought after by women who wants a wardrobe that works. Sleek, with an understated sexiness is Ben de Lisi's signature style. Usually oozing with sex appeal, Ben de Lisi's eveningwear continually grace Hollywood's red carpet. The designer has also been acclaimed for his work on cashmere viscose knitwear.

Who Wears It

Sophie Raworth, Anna Wallenberg, Kate Winslet, Keeley Hawes, Anjelica Huston, Sophie Raworth

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