Designers at Debenhams

Ben de Lisi

Ben de Lisi

America-born, Ben de Lisi grew up in New York and studied sculpture at the Pratt 
Institute in Brooklyn. Following his dream to become a fashion designer, in 1982 Ben 
moved to London and promptly produced his first capsule collection, to great 
acclaim. 

Following this debut, Ben built up an independent brand with a loyal customer base 
and an established celebrity following. 

In 1994 Ben began to show his collections at London Fashion Week, going on to win 
the coveted 'British Glamour Designer of the Year' award - twice - in 1994 and 1995. 

Ben is best known for dressing Kate Winslet for many red carpet events - most 
notably the stunning red rose one-shoulder design the actress wore for the 2002 
Oscars. 

Ben has been designing a diffusion line for Debenhams since 1997. Following its 
outstanding success, Ben launched his first homeware range in 2009. The collection 
was, and continues to be, inspired by the designer's own home, the interior of which 
has been the focus of features in many magazines and supplements. The 'Ella' 
cushion, featuring a graphic print of one of Ben's French Bulldogs, is Debenhams' 
fastest ever-selling cushion. 

In 2007 Ben was awarded a honorary doctorate for his contribution to fashion by the 
University of Northamptonshire, before receiving a second honorary doctorate by 
the Robert Young university of Aberdeen.

Principles by Ben de Lisi was launched in 2010, a collection that sees Ben take classic 
pieces and rework them to create a collection of elegant day and weekend wear, 
clothes that can easily be dressed up for evening or worn in the office. 
Creating style for day and night, home and fashion, Ben de Lisi brings his inimitable 
vision to Designers at Debenhams. 

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