9 Fashion Models Turned Fashion Designers ...


Models have a reputation for being ‘slashies’ (as in model-slash-actress or whatever) and lately we’ve seen a number of models turned fashion designers. Off the runway, models are becoming increasingly well-known for their signature styles and many are seizing the opportunity to build upon their personal brands. Being so immersed in the fashion industry, it’s no surprise that some models are taking their careers to the next level by turning to design. These are just some examples of models turned fashion designers.

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Alessandra Ambrosio

Alessandra Ambrosio Alessandra Ambrosio is one of the most recent additions to the list of models turned fashion designers. Her debut collection for Californian fashion and lifestyle brand Planet Blue is called Ále by Alessandra. The collection is inspired by the Brazilian model’s own laid-back Bohemian-inspired style and features plenty of soft fabrics and flowing shapes.


Lily Aldridge

Lily Aldridge Lily Aldridge has worked with Velvet by Graham & Spencer for 10 years now, so going from modeling to designing her own collections for the brand seemed to be a natural progression. She has released two capsule collections for the brand, consisting of versatile daywear pieces from plaid shirts and military-inspired jackets to sheer knitwear.


Aldridge's collections showcase her signature understated yet sophisticated style, reflecting her personal aesthetic. Her partnership with Velvet has been fruitful, allowing her creativity to flourish beyond the runway. Her designs resonate with women who appreciate the subtle blending of casual and chic. The Nashville-based model's venture into design also mirrors her growth within the industry, positioning her as an entrepreneur with a keen eye for contemporary fashion trends. With each collection, she solidifies her role as not just a muse, but a creator within the fashion world.


Kate Moss

Kate Moss Kate Moss’s stellar career reached even dizzier heights when she designed a collection exclusively for fashion chain Topshop back in 2007. The collection reflected her distinctive model-off-duty style and was a hit with shoppers. She went on to design 14 more collections for the brand before calling it quits. But not for long. The model recently reunited with the high street label to create an all new Kate Moss for Topshop collection.


Freja Beha Erichsen

Freja Beha Erichsen Freja Beha Erichsen turned her hand at fashion design in 2013 when she worked with denim brand Mother. She teamed up with the brand’s co-founders to create a capsule collection of jeans, shirts, and sweaters. The collection was very much in keeping with the model’s signature off-duty look of skinny jeans, slouchy tops, and leather-look finishes.


Sophie Dahl

Sophie Dahl Former fashion model and author Sophie Dahl created a capsule collection for British cashmere label Brora in 2013. The collection, called ‘The Lost Weekend,’ was made up of 13 pieces and was designed with the former model’s own wardrobe gaps in mind. Pieces included tea dresses, slouchy jumpers, and cashmere cardigans in a predominantly pale colour palette.


Sophie's foray into design was a natural expansion of her fashion expertise. Known for her ethereal beauty and distinctive personal style, her transition from model to designer seamlessly blended her sartorial instincts with a sophisticated comfort. The 'The Lost Weekend' collection mirrored her elegant and relaxed demeanor, making luxurious cashmere an everyday indulgence for those who adored her fashion sense. Recognized for crafting a line that encourages effortless chic, Dahl's designs offer a whisper of her modeling past and a glimpse into her creative future within the industry.


Dree Hemingway

Dree Hemingway Model and actress Dree Hemingway teamed up with French label Sandro in 2012 to create a 10 piece capsule collection. The collection consisted of floaty, slouchy t-shirts, skinny jeans, cut-off-shorts, and assorted accessories.


Georgia May Jagger

Georgia May Jagger Model and rock royalty offspring Georgia May Jagger collaborated with denim brand Hudson Jeans back in 2011. The twenty-piece collection was aptly called Hudson by Georgia May Jagger. The collection featured jeans in contemporary designs with slightly different cuts from Hudson’s usual designs.


Bringing her inherent fashion sense to the masses, Georgia May Jagger infused her personal style into each creation, showcasing an edginess that resonated with a younger demographic. The collaboration was a hit, with pieces embodying a rock-chic aesthetic, featuring bold zipper details and unconventional washes. This venture into design demonstrated Jagger’s multifaceted talent, seamlessly bridging the gap between the runway and street style. Hudson Jeans benefitted from her fresh perspective, drawing in customers eager for a taste of her effortless cool.


Anja Rubik

Anja Rubik Anja Rubik teamed up with Italian footwear designer Giuseppe Zanotti in 2013 to create a capsule collection of shoes and bags. The collection was small, consisting of only five pieces, and was said to be inspired by musical influences such as David Bowie and Debbie Harry.


Karen Elson

Karen Elson In 2011, Karen Elson released a footwear and handbag line in collaboration with Nine West’s Vintage America collection. An extension of her distinctive personal style, the collection featured a range of antique frame purses, leather boots, and vintage looking jewellery.

These are just some models who have taken a turn at designing their own fashion lines. Can you think of any other models who have dabbled in fashion design? Which model would you like to see design a fashion line?

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