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Celine was founded by Céline and Richard Vipiana in 1945 as a made-to-measure children’s shoe boutique. The store was a big hit and a decade later, Céline used her success in the children’s shoe market as a launch pad into creating a women’s ready-to-wear brand. She favored practical clothing over frivolous pieces. By the ’70s, the brand was an international success. Céline Vipiana remained the designer of her eponymous brand until she died in 1997. Following her death, Michael Kors succeeded her as lead designer of ready-to-wear. Following Kors exit in 2004 and brief runs from Roberto Menichetti and Ivana Omazic, Phoebe Philo was chosen to lead the brand. Philo’s name now rests in the pantheon of heralded designers; she is credited with saving Celine by making the brand chic but staying true to Vipiana’s original aesthetic. The reason that Celine has such a cult following among women (and men) is thanks chiefly to Philo’s work for the brand. When Philo exited at the beginning of 2018, she was replaced by former Saint Laurent Paris designer Hedi Slimane. Slimane’s penchant for rock-n-roll aesthetics and bend toward uniquely skinny tailoring made him a controversial pick to succeed Philo. While many were weary of Slimane might bring to the table, some have come around to accept his interpretation of the brand. Even still, Celine’s most ardent fans swear by the Philo-designed collections and her aesthetic direction for the brand. Regardless of which you prefer, find the Celine pieces you’re looking for on Grailed.

Where is Celine from?
Celine is from Paris, France.

Who owns Celine?
Celine is owned by fashion conglomerate LVMH.

Who is the designer of Celine?
The current creative director of Celine is Hedi Slimane.

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