Born on 31st May 1955, Ben de Lisi gained an interest in fashion after moving in with his grandmother in New York. She taught him about needlework and how to revive clothing and give it a new lease of life, as they couldn’t afford to keep buying new clothing at that time. This was a core basis for his interest in this industry, and it soon became clear that Ben would one day make his mark on the world of fashion.
Ben was only in his twenties when he started to design his own men’s clothing range at the end of the 1970s. Several years later, he decided to move to London and continue his career in the fashion industry. Within a decade he was working alongside what is now one of the biggest department store chains in the United Kingdom, Debenhams.
Further successes for Ben de Lisi
During the course of the 1990s, Ben continued to enjoy great success with his designs and creations. In 1994, he made his debut at the hugely popular London Fashion Week event and for two years in a row he walked away with the British Glamour Designer of the Year Award. In the late 1990s, Ben created his own company and has since provided stunning clothing for superstars such as Anjelica Houston, Kate Winslet and Helena Bonham Carter.
Ben has also had some quite unusual successes over recent years. For instance, last year the online bookies Coral decided to get Ben on board to create a unique and eye-catching dress for Royal Ascot, which has become known for fashion as much as racing. Ben created an incredible dress fashioned out of two hundred Coral betting slips. The dress certainly turned heads when it was modelled by Kristina Rihanoff at the races – but it also resulted in the Strictly Come Dancing star being asked to change for breaching Royal Ascot’s style guidelines.
Ben’s betting slip creation was such a hit that Coral have now called him on board again to create a new dress for Royal Ascot 2015. While images of the dress have not yet been revealed, Ben has stated that it took 40 hours to create and that it is based on jockey’s silks and finished with a silk neck tie.Many people will be eager to feast their eyes on Ben’s latest creation at Ascot this year, and given the impact of last year’s dress this one will almost certainly cause a stir at Ascot.
Until Next Time… Charlotte x