Julien Macdonald

He’s got designs on the dance floor

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The worlds of ballroom dancing and high fashion have plenty in common - glitz, glamour and mind-blowingly amazing outfits – and now Julien Macdonald, darling of British fashion is bringing his innate style to Strictly Come Dancing.

I’m loving the rhinestones and lace, and the crystals. I just want more and more. I’ll probably look like a Christmas tree by the end!
Julien Macdonald

Julien has been a friend of the show for some time, having been our resident fashion expert on It Takes Two in 2012, so it was only a matter of time before made a leap onto the dance floor.

Growing up in the South Wales town of Merthyr Tydfil Julien’s passions as a youth were knitting and tap dancing, but a one-year foundation course at Cardiff Art College revealed his talent for fabric design, and spurred him into enrolling on a degree course in Fashion Textiles in Brighton. Following graduation, he went on to receive his MA at the Royal College of Art, London.

Soon after the success of his RCA graduation show in June 1996, his unique talent caught the attention of Karl Lagerfeld and he was appointed head designer of knitwear for Chanel.

In 2001, he was named British Fashion Designer of the Year and was appointed as successor to Alexander McQueen as creative director of the renowned French fashion house Givenchy.

The Welsh wonder branched out in 2004, launching a more affordable range with high-street chain Debenhams, while maintaining his designer-to-the-stars status. In June of the same year the designer was honored with an OBE for his services to the fashion industry.

Julien is famed for his high-glamour dresses and boasts a star-studded international client list including Naomi Campbell, Beyoncé, Kylie Minogue, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cheryl Cole.