Born on 11th March 1965, Jenny Packham is a fashion designer from Britain, primarily known for her prêt-a-porter collections and bridal gowns. Chris Packham, the naturalist and TV presenter is her brother. She lives with Mathew Anderson, her partner, in Hampstead. The couple have two children, Isabelle and Georgia. Anderson is the CEO of his wife’s fashion label.
Her house in Hampstead is a canvas filled with vibrant hues and harmonizing objects making a contemporary piece of structure. Her favorite place in the house is the hallway that is styled in an extraordinary artistic manner. It creates excitement for her to enter her house.
Jenny went to Southampton Solent University to study fashion, before attaining first class honors from Saint Martin’s School of Art. After her education, she founded the Jenny Packham company in 1988, that designed evening and bridal wear. Her early textile and apparel design training influenced her evening wear to a great extent.
Although in 1992, full-length gowns were introduced, Packham kept on creating short wedding dresses for some time. Her debut collection was of twelve short gowns in white and black silk, decorated with musical instrument prints.
In 2008, she not only received an honorary doctorate from Solent University but she also started a line of accessories to complement bridal gowns. In addition to this, between 2010 and 2011, she launched a lingerie collection. A year later, she joined Debenhams‘s Designer portfolio with a new line of apparel and accessories for women and children. She chose the store because of a childhood memory. In 2013, her brand celebrated its Silver Jubilee.
Jenny Packham’s most notable customers include Dita Von Teese, Kate Hudson, Miley Cyrus, Angelina Jolie, Vanessa Hudgens, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Winslet, Nina Dobrey, Cameron Diaz, Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Kiera Knightley and The Duchess of Cambridge, Rihanna, Nelly Futardo, Shakira, Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Jessica Parker, Florence Welch and many other glamorous and stunning celebrities.
Moreover, she has designed things for movies like Casino Royale, The Devil Wears Prada, Deathly Hallows, Harry Potter and Die Another Day. She also dressed Kim Catrall in the popular series and movie, Sex and the City. Her dresses were used in Gone Maybe Gone, The Jewel of Denial, and Goodbye, Columbia.
Packham showed her collections in London Fashion Week for several years and then moved her exhibition to Milan for four seasons before returning to London. As of 2011, she began displaying her work in New York.
Her dresses have long-inspired the crowd and media at several red carpets of Grammy and Academy Awards, via celebrities. Merchandise produced by her brand are available in some of the most known stores from Bergdorf Goodman to Harrods. She is among the designers in the United Kingdom who garnered quick commercial fame and recognition for her talent.
Packham has been nominated for Hollywood Style Designer of the Year, British Bridal Dress Designer, and International Couture Bridal Designer of the Year.
The shapes of dresses by Packham remain simple in essence, but they are cherished for their complex construction that sometimes reminds people of Christian Dior designs from the 1950s – intricate boning, lining and seaming. Apart from the designing bit of any dress, Packham also focuses on the quality of materials invested in the clothes and also on the level of comfort her designs offer. Every season, her designs evolve and the patterns plus colors dramatically change. She experiments with a combination of fabrics. For color, she takes inspirations from eminent artists like Van Gogh, Miro and Gaudi.