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
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
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.