BIOGRAPHY

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.

 

Model wearing Corrie Nielsen cape
Model wearing Corrie Nielsen cape

 

 

“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.”

Colin McDowell

 

COUTURE ENQUIRIES

Corrie Nielsen serves local and international couture clients from her London studio. For all couture enquiries or to schedule a couture consultation, please submit the form below.

 

 

Model wearing Corrie Nielsen sequin garment











 
Model backstage at Corrie Nielsen fashion show
Models lined up backstage at Corrie Nielsen fashion show

CAREER TIMELINE

2000

2000

Vivienne Westwood London employs Corrie as a sales representative, and she begins assisting clientele with Gold Label Collections as well as bespoke orders for bridal and special couture. 

 

2002

2002

Corrie is accepted onto an internship as apprentice dressmaker for Vivienne Westwood Studio. She works on both the Gold Label Spring/Summer 2003 Collection as well as bespoke Couture, gaining experience as a pattern cutter and machinist.

 

2004

2004

Obtains BA (Hons) degree in Fashion Design Womenswear from Central Saint Martins with first class distinction.

 

2010

2010

John Galliano selects Corrie as the winner of the Fashion Fringe 2010 platform established by Colin McDowell.

 

2011

2011

Corrie’s first solo catwalk show is listed on schedule for London Fashion Week, which debuted her women's autumn/winter 2011 ready-to-wear collection.

 

2011

2011

London's Design Museum exhibition, From Inspiration to Realization, recognizes the distinctive couture style from Corrie's autumn/winter 2011 collection, placing it at the forefront of art and design.

2011

2011

Kelly Roland wears the black silk tulle rigid blouse from the autumn/winter 2011 collection on the X-Factor, telling Glamour magazine, "I wanted something dramatic today. This weekend was all about the avante-garde for me and I loved it!"

2012

2012

Hilary Alexander, OBE invites Corrie to create the 2012 Fashion for the Brave Dress- an annual showpiece designed specifically for one of the country's most important charity fashion galas. Modeled by Jade Parfitt, the dress was the finale piece within a 'Best of British' themed catwalk at the Dorchester Hotel.

 

2012

2012

Corrie Nielsen and Fashion Fringe Founder Colin McDowell are both nominated for The Scottish Fashion Awards and appear on the red carpet together. Corrie is nominated for 'Best Use of Scottish Fabric by an International Designer.' The Scottish Fashion Awards chose pieces from Corrie’s autumn/winter 2012 collection to appear in all aspects of its marketing campaign in the run-up to the awards ceremony in June.

 

2012

2012

The second London Fashion Week on-schedule show receives unprecedented acclaim, resulting in Corrie trending on Twitter with 86,000 tweets relating to the catwalk show, making her the third most talked about person on Twitter in Great Britain that day.

 

2012

2012

Florence Welch of Florence the Machine wears the Lavalier Blouse on BBC for The Culture Show interview.

 

2012

2012

Lianne La Havas wears the Le Cigale waistcoat on stage at her performance in Scala.

 

2014

2014

The Chambre Syndicale (Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode) invites Corrie to show her collections at Paris Fashion Week and lists her in-calendar for the Women's pret-a-porter autumn/winter 2014 and spring/summer 2015 seasons.

 

2014

2014

Australian actress Simone McAullay from Broadchurch wears the red duchesse satin silk bias-cut knot dress from the autumn/winter 2011 collection to the BAFTA awards.

 

 

2017

2017

Corrie is one of 26 Contemporary Fashion Designers chosen to exhibit at the V&A Museum retrospective ‘Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion’ where her Black Calla Lily dress is displayed.

2021

2021

Singer-songwriter Natalie Imbruglia wears Corrie's lace sequin dress and duchesse satin cape for her Firebird album cover. 

 

PRESS: PRINT PUBLICATIONS

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

2020

5 September – 15 November
Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion; International Tour Exhibition
Shown at the China National Silk Museum in Hangzhou, China.

August
Victims film, written and directed by Agnieszka Lukasiak, cinema photography by Anthony Dodd Mantle. 
Designed three bespoke costumes for the Chorus/Officials character scenes in the film.

2019

17 August – 10 November
Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion; International Tour Exhibition
Shown at The Art Gallery of Bendigo in Bendigo, Australia. 

2018

15 December – 22 April 2019
Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion; International Tour Exhibition
Shown at The Textil Museet Museum, Textile Fashion Center in Boras, Sweden.

15 June – 14 October 
Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion; International Tour Exhibition
Shown at McCord Museum in Montreal, Canada.

2017

25 May – 18th February 2018
Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion; Opening exhibition
Featured at The Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington, London. 

2015

October
Fashion Syndicate St. Petersburg
Invited by the Fashion Syndicate in St. Petersburg, Russia, as a guest designer for the opening of St. Petersburg Fashion Week S/S 2016 seasons.

2014

January – September 
Chambre Syndicale, Paris
Listed in-calendar for PFW by The Chambre Syndicale for the Women’s prêt-à-porter F/W 14 and S/S 15 seasons.

9 November – 15 June 2014
Fashion Talks Exhibition
Corrie Nielsen's "Royal Stewart Tartan Showcase" featured at Heinz Nixdorf Museums Forum in Paderborn, Germany.

2013

November
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 
Lent garments worn by extras in the party scene at the presidential palace.

2012

20 September
Fashion for the Brave
Selected by Hilary Alexander to create the 2012 Fashion for the Brave dress, an annual showpiece commissioned specifically for one of the country’s most prestigious charity fashion galas. Modeled by Jade Parfitt, the dress was the finale piece within a “Best of British” themed catwalk held at The Dorchester.

September
Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew 
Partnered with the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew for the S/S 13 seasons. This was the first time Kew Gardens partnered with a fashion designer.

June
Scottish Fashion Awards
One of a select few chosen designers to represent the Scottish Fashion Awards in their marketing campaign. Nominated for the “Best Use of Scottish Fabric by an International Designer” Award. 

11 May
Passion Ball
Selected to celebrate the UK at Singapore’s annual Passion Ball supported by Coutts and Audemar Piguet. Looks from the S/S 2012 collection were exclusively featured in the finale runway show. 

May
BT ArtBox 
Selected alongside designers Giles Deacon, Philip Treacy, Julien Macdonald, and other various British artists to revamp the iconic London phone box to mark the 25th anniversary of Childline. The BT ArtBox collection was showcased throughout the streets of London as one of the single largest art exhibitions in the capital.

2011

9 March – 15 May
Corrie Nielsen: From Inspiration to Realisation
Design museum in Shad Thames, London.

February – September 2013 
British Fashion Council
Listed on schedule by the BFC to show women’s ready-to-wear collections for LFW (A/W 11 – S/S 14 seasons).

2010

September
Fashion Fringe
Chosen by John Galliano as the winner of Fashion Fringe 2010 (Colin McDowell platform) in London.

 

CONTACT

For all business enquiries email:

info@corrienielsen.co.uk 

Corrie Nielsen Designs LTD. London, UK