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July 1st

Triennale di Milano - Teatro dell’Arte

Viale Emilio Alemagna 6, Milano

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Stella JEAN

Founder and Creative Director, Stella Jean

Young Italo-Haitian designer Stella Jean was born and currently works in Rome, where she lives with her two children.

She grew up in a family where multiculturalism, art, fashion and beauty belonged to daily life. Her Haitian mother, a very elegant woman who always had a passion for fashion, has always been Stella’s main inspiration source. Her father is an artist from Turin who designs and creates high-end jewelry.

After her classical studies, Stella begins her career as a model for Egon Von Fürstenberg, but soon discovers her real creative calling.

Since July 2011, when she was one of the winners of the prestigious Who’s On Next contest, her collections keep being cherished by the international press and the buyer world.

In September 2012 she debuted during Milan’s Fashion Week, with a brave, sophisticated and suggestive show in collaboration with White, in the beautiful backdrop of the Rotonda della Besana.

In June 2013 she presented her first collection for men with a show in Florence, part of the project Pitti Italics, at Pitti Uomo.

In September 2013 Stella Jean was chosen by Giorgio Armani to show her collection in the spaces of the Armani Theater during Milan Fashion Week, and in April 2014 she was selected by the V&A Museum of London to present an outfit of the SS 2014 menswear collection on the occasion of the exhibition "The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945- 2014 ", thus consolidating her role as representative of the" new wave "of Italian creativity. In addition, 12 June 2014, Stella took part in the Fiftieth Anniversary of the International Trade Centre (ITC) in Geneva, where she was invited to participate in the Panel Discussion "The Power Of Empowered Women" at the Palais Des Nations and on the same day, she presented at the World Trade Centre (WTO) a collection made by garments created in collaboration with the ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative.

Stella Jean’s style is pure métissage, which echoes and evokes her personal story. The refined and precious mood of Stella Jean designs is incessantly inspired by her multiculturalism, which she translates into her very own, unmistakable style: the “Wax & Stripes” Philosophy”. Her distinctive style is not only the union between waxed textiles, Fifties chic, men’s shirt fabric and an impeccable European cut: the designer always looks to the future and to the possible historical and cultural combinations, for a transversal and groundbreaking creativity which poses no limits to cultural, social and fabric mixes. All this is being supported by the necessity to project a new idea of multiculturalism, of which Stella is a real-life example.

Sold globally in the most important fashion stores all over the world and worn by the most elegant women in the world, her clothes are a very personal interpretation of timeless style.

The exploration and the protection of Stella Jean’s origins are reflected in the project ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative. The designer is collaborating with the International Trade Center, a joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations: the Ethical Fashion Initiative is about creating beautiful luxury handwork produced 100% ethically by disadvantaged communities in Africa and in Haiti. This ITC programme generates work by creating an infrastructure where the fashion luxury business can develop and produce products. It is about a proper, accountable business which is sustainable and environmentally sound, promoting sustainable economic development and opportunities in countries that do not need our charity.