Nicole Farhi

Born: July 25, 1946 in Nice

For 25 years Nicole Farhi has fused her Turkish heritage with French chic and British eccentricity to create a unique and internationally recognised label.

She studied fashion illustration at Paris' Studio Bercot before moving to London in the early Seventies to launch her career with partner Stephen Marks. Her career flourished and in 1982 she launched the Nicole Farhi label, which eventually encompassed accessories, shoes, eveningwear, and a fragrance line.

In 2008 she was awarded a lifetime achievement prize at the First Women Awards, which recognise female "glass ceiling breakers" in business and public life. The same year she received an honorary CBE in recognition of her services to the fashion industry.

She has been married to playwright David Hare for 16 years.

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