P r o f i l e
London based couturier, Deborah Milner, began her career at St.Martins School of Art and continued her studies at the Royal College of Art, where she graduated in 1990. She established her couture atelier in 1991, where she soon became known for her originality and exceptional cutting skills. Whilst building up an impressive list of private clients, she, also, collaborated with many of the leading names in fashion, including Isabella Blow, Philip Treacy, Alexander McQueen and Nick Knight. From fashion shows and innovative editorial work to album covers and exhibitions, Deborah developed a reputation as ‘London’s best kept secret for extraordinarily beautiful designs and unconventional sculptural shapes’. (American Elle)
In 2003 Deborah spent a year in Brazil, where she began researching sustainability initiatives and thinking about how they might be applied to fashion and, in particular, Haute Couture. This led her to approach Aveda, an early pioneer of sustainability in the hair and beauty industry, and, from this partnership, Deborah’s groundbreaking Ecoture™ collection was born. Aveda went on to sponsor a showcase at Alta Roma, Rome’s Haute Couture week in 2006, where the collection was described by British Vogue as ‘elemental, like sunset or storms’.
Since 2004, Deborah has been a consultant on Couture to Alexander McQueen realising some of his most complex showpieces. In 2009, she worked with him to create costumes for Robert Le Page’s ballet Eonnagata at Sadlers Wells, which starred Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant. Alongside her work with McQueen, Deborah has participated in various innovative projects with, among others, the V&A, Philip Treacy, Peter Gray, Harriet Verney, Daphne Guinness, Nick Knight and SHOWstudio, recently, taking part in the acclaimed SHOWstudio live panel discussions.
Deborah continues to create original one-offs for her own clientele and is currently working on an exciting new venture which will ally her sustainable vision with ingenious cutting and design.