Deborah Milner

Deborah Milner
London, UK


Acclaimed for her originality, innovation and vision, London-based designer Deborah Milner is an artist and a master of the unconventional. Originally from London, Deborah began her fashion career at St. Martin’s School of Art, where she graduated with a degree in Fashion Design in 1987. Deborah’s talent and thirst for knowledge led her to continue her studies at the Royal College of Art, where she graduated with an additional Fashion degree in 1990. With a strong educational foundation as her launch pad, Deborah established her own couture atelier in 1991, where her raw creative talent and unique vision took flight. Deborah began creating original pieces in collaboration with leading names in the fashion industry, including London’s Philip Treacy. From fashion shows and editorial work to music album covers, Deborah soon became known as “London’s best kept secret for extraordinarily beautiful designs” and “unconventional sculptural shapes.” In 2003, Deborah traveled to Brazil, where she spent a year developing environmental sustainability initiatives to help preserve the country’s vast natural resources. Inspired by her discoveries, Deborah sought to re-design the face of eco-conscious couture. In this endeavor, she faced the challenges of creating eco-friendly couture fabrics—finding that many organic fabrics and environmentally-friendly dyes and methods were not up to the standards of high fashion. While working alongside fashion designers in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Deborah also taught Creativity courses at Santa Marcelina Art College. In 2004, Deborah joined Alexander McQueen as a senior pattern cutter—using her talent for creating beautiful, architectural shapes to prepare show pieces in Paris. Following her eco-vision, Deborah partnered with the Aveda™ Corporation to link fashion and beauty together under the umbrella of environmental sustainability. Aveda sponsored the creation of eight original couture dresses to be created at the company’s biannual Congress fashion show in October 2005. It is from this first partnership that Deborah Milner’s groundbreaking ecoture™ collection was born. Deborah’s work has been featured in top publications including: American and British Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, American, British, Italian and Brazilian Vogue, L’Officiel, Russian Playboy, Tatler, The Face, The New Yorker, International Herald Tribune, The Guardian, The Independent, The Evening Standard, The Financial Times, The Telegraph, The Times, The Sunday Times, The New York Times and Women’s Wear Daily. Deborah currently resides and works in London. Isabella Blow, Selina Blow, Yasmin Le Bon, Candida Bond, Helena Bonham Carter (Oscar dress 1998), Isabella Cawdor, Lucy Ferry, Princess Firyal of Jordan, Sabisha Friedberg, Honor Fraser, Jo Gordon, Louisa Guiness, Annabel Heseltine, Whitney Houston, Lisa Marie, Hermione Norris, Jill Ritblat, Victoria de Rothschild, Brooke Shields and Plum Sykes.

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