Designer Profile: Bruce Oldfield
Speculation is the couturier to win the commission of the century is Princess Diana's favourite designer Bruce Oldfield.
The speculation on the street is British couturier Bruce Oldfield will be the wedding dress designer for royal bride-to-be, Kate Middleton. Kate’s mother, Carole, and younger sister, Pippa, were spotted in Oldfield’s Knightsbridge store in London, England this weekend.
The royal wedding rumour mill has been fuelled by the fact Oldfield opened a complete bridal 'salon' at No. 34 Beauchamp Place, opposite his eponymous couture boutique, less than a year ago, which caters to every aspect of a marriage from the bride's wedding gown to the mother-of-the-bride's ensemble, accessories and jewellery.
Who is Bruce Oldfield????
Bruce Oldfield is a British fashion designer, best known for his couture occasion wear. In a career spanning more than three decades, Oldfield has dressed both Queen Noor and Queen Rania of Jordan, as well as Diana, Princess of Wales, together with other British and international royalty.
His clientele today lists major Hollywood actresses and pop princesses, including Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Roman Polanski's wife Emmanuelle Seigner, Kelly Brook, Elizabeth McGovern, Sienna Miller, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Rosamund Pike, Anjelica Huston, Jerry Hall, and Joan Collins.
Oldfield was raised and educated in the care of a children's charity, Barnardo's. He graduated from St. Martin's School of Art in London in 1973 to critical acclaim. That year he staged his first one-man show for Henri Bendel, later returning to London to show his first collection.
In 1975 the Bruce Oldfield label was born with the launch of his ready-to-wear collections for European and American stores. He began making couture clothes in 1978 for individual royal and celebrity clients. In 1984 he opened his first shop selling ready-to-wear and couture to an international clientele.
In 1990 Oldfield was awarded the OBE for services to the fashion industry; and in 2004 he published his autobiography "Rootless". He has Honorary Fellowships to the Royal College of Art and the Universities of Durham and Sheffield, was Governor of The London Institute (1999-2001) and Trustee of the Royal Academy of Arts (2000-2002). In December 2001, Oldfield received an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law (Hon DCL) from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle and in 2005 an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Central England. He is also a Vice President of Barnardo's.
In 2009 he opened a bridal salon in Beauchamp Place dedicated to weddings.
Oldfield’s philosophy, ‘Clothes should bring out the best in you.’