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Alice Temperley was born in England in 1975. Following her studies at the Central Saint Martin’s College of Art in London, she gained a Master’s degree at the Royal College of Art where she specialised in fabric technology and print. As a student, she designed one-off evening dresses for the boutiques of Fred Segal and Giorgio in Los Angeles. She was headhunted during her final year by Ratti, one of the leading Italian fabric companies. Turning down positions in international design in order to start her own label with her husband, Temperley pursued further research into the best silk mills and beading factories in Asia. This characteristic discipline and attention to detail is evident in the exquisite embroidery and traditional beading techniques of her handmade garments. Celebrity clients include Courtney Cox, Emma Thompson, Elizabeth Hurley and Claudia Schiffer. Actresses Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristen Davis wear designs by Temperley in the final episodes of ‘Sex in the City’.
Designed from her studio and showroom in London’s Notting Hill, Temperley’s Autumn/Winter 2004-5 collection is inspired by the gangsters of the early 1900s’ Parisian cabaret scene, the apache. It includes signature silk, empire-lined dresses in vintage prints of plum, navy, apricot and black, and strapless Fifties’ dresses in stripes of chiffon and silk. Glittering beading, pearl detailing, corseted buttons, pale pink piping and prints are featured throughout the collection.
Central Saint Martin’s College of Art: Award for Innovation
1999 English Print Designer of the Year at Indigo, Paris