Phoebe Philo is British. She was born in Paris while her parents were working there. Graduated in 1996, a year after Stella McCartney, from the famous Central Saint Martins of college of Art and Design in London.
In 1997, She started working for Chloé as assistant designer to Stella McCartney, who was the creative director at the time.
In 2001, she succeeded McCartney’s postion as Creative Director. After The Gucci Group offered McCartney to launch her very own label Stella McCartney. Philo then left her prestige position at Chloe after 6 years, living in Paris, to move back to London to be with her family. During her break, she had her second child.
Then, she was offered her current position by LVMH, as Creative Director and board member of Céline in 2008. Since then she has transformed the rather sleepy Parisian fashion house to the equivalent of minimalism and the epitome of chic.
“This is a really exciting step for me to be taking, with what could be seen as one of the most promising brands of the industry. I can’t wait to step back into the studio and begin creating designs which will reinvigorate the brand, get customers excited about the product and work with a team that are incredibly serious and passionate about their work” Philo said when she took her current role at the 70 year old fashion house Céline.