It turns out no one is immune to parental embarrassment, even if said parents are universally beloved. Sure, it can’t be easy to be the child of a world famous rock star, but Stella McCartney has done an outstanding job of forging her own path and making a name for herself as a successful luxury designer. That being said, in her days as a fashion student she wanted to fit in just like her peers, and went by the name “Stella Martin” to do so.
“When I started college I tried to go under a different name, and I would never tell anyone,” she once explained in an interview, noting how strange it was that everyone knew more about her than she did about them. “The discovery was always a bit painful, when you could tell people in the corridor are looking at you differently…it was always a bit oh god, they know.”
It’s not as if McCartney had her fashion career handed to her—she interned for Christian Lacroix, learned how to tailor from the pattern-maker Edward Sexton, and earned her way in to the prestigious fashion school Central Saint Martins. However there were opportunities granted to her that other students didn’t have, such as access to supermodels like Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell to walk in her graduation show, for free. Looking back Stella admits she is embarrassed by this move, knowing that her fellow young designers could never dream of nabbing such big names before their careers even started. But Moss and Campbell were close friends who were likely happy to help out.
Of course, considering the career McCartney has gone on to have based on her work alone, including receiving the Special Recognition Award for Innovation for her groundbreaking work in sustainable fashion at the British Fashion Awards this week, we think it’s safe to say that no one in the fashion industry would consider her success to be based on anything other than her own merit.
Keep it going, Stella!END
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