As the daughter of an American sculptor, London-based Corrie Nielsen was fascinated by form and design from a young age. Her move into designer fashion built upon that fascination. She obtained a First Class BA Honours degree in Fashion Design Womenswear from the University of Arts London College, Central Saint Martins. After graduation she worked in bespoke tailoring followed by six years at Vivienne Westwood before launching her own label. Her first collection brought recognition when John Galliano chose Corrie as winner of Fashion Fringe in 2010.
Corrie’s debut solo catwalk show was listed on-schedule in February 2011 for the autumn/winter season of London Fashion Week (LFW). She had a successful and acclaimed second LFW on-schedule show and for the autumn/winter 2012-13 collection received unprecedented acclaim, resulting in Corrie trending on Twitter with 86,000 Tweets relating to the show on the day.
Following the show, she was invited exclusively by Hilary Alexander to create the showpiece for Fashion for the Brave charity fashion gala held on September 20th 2012 in conjunction with the Household Cavalry. The showpiece as well as other Corrie Nielsen pieces were modeled by Jade Parfitt and Jasmine Guiness. Corrie was a patron of 2012 year’s event alongside Sienna Miller, James Blunt, and Jasper Conran.
Also following that first solo show, select pieces from Corrie’s autumn/winter 2012-13 collection were chosen by the Scottish Fashion Awards to appear in all aspects of the show's marketing campaign in the run up to the awards ceremony in June 2012. In addition to that, Corrie was nominated for "Best Use of Scottish Fabric by an International Designer."
Corrie showed for six consecutive seasons on-schedule for LFW. She was then invited by the Chambre Syndicale in Paris to show for Paris Fashion Week and listed in-calendar for the autumn/winter 14 and spring/summer 15 seasons.
Lauded globally in the press, Corrie has been featured in titles including The Independent, Evening Standard, Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE, elle.com, Dazed, Vision, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, Vogue, vogue.com, Grazia, Metro, Glamour, Marie Claire, Fashion TV, BBC, BBC China, France24, The Financial Times: How To Spend It, The Sunday Times Style, and L’Officiel Paris.
Corrie has been described as — and fulfills the role of — modern couturier and true fashion visionary.
“Corrie Nielsen’s design spirit is surprising in a woman who was born and brought up in America. But maybe it is the wide open spaces and the freedom associated with that country that may have made her clothes such a powerful and challenging statement. The way in which she takes English and European histories and gives them her own unique twist is why her work is so excitingly original.”