Fashion Designer Bella Freud was born in London in 1961 as the daughter of gardener Bernadine Coverley and prolific twentieth-century artist Lucian Freud (1922–2011). Her great-grandfather was Sigmund Freud. Bella Freud is a leading designer know across the globe for her limited-edition pieces, which have a cult following, including among celebrities such as Kate Moss and Sophie Dahl. Completing studying fashion and tailoring at Accademia di Costume e di Moda, Rome, Freud returned to Britain in 1980. After working three years with Vivienne Westwood, Freud found the time to start her label in 1990 with knitted minidresses and suits. Today, Bella Freud is perhaps best known for her ‘word’ cashmere, and merino sweaters – Je t’aime, 1970 and ‘Ginsberg is God’, made famous by Kate Moss when she was photographed everywhere in it. And Bella’s stellar fans are legion, from Laura Bailey to Billie JD Porter, via Anita Pallenberg and Alexa Chung. Soon after launching her label in 1991, she scooped Most Innovative Designer at the London Fashion Awards. Bella has always been keen on experimenting with different media and working together with fellow creatives. Wanting something other than the classic fashion show, she produced a Super eight short film titled ‘Day at the Races, showcasing her designs. She also co-wrote and produced three short films: Strap Hanging (in collaboration with John Malkovich), Lady Behave, and Hideous Man. Bella Freud has worked with some of the most influential British fashion brands over the years. She was tasked with rejuvenating Jaeger’s image to bring British dressing to a younger audience from 2002 to 2003. Between 2004 and 2006, she was head of womenswear for the relaunch of Biba and also created three capsule collections for Miss Selfridge. In 2010 Freud worked together with friend and muse Susie Bick to design minidresses, knitted sweaters, and accessories. For her fall/winter 2011 collection, she used drawings by shoe designer Christian Louboutin, a godfather to her son, Jimmy. For spring/summer 2012, Bella created four T-shirts for Barbour’s Heritage Originals collection, featuring playful designs of farmyard animals. Working with ‘perfume designer’ Azzi Glasser (who has created for private clients including Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter), Freud launched her first candles in 2012, inspired by her signature jumper motifs. The candles were such a success that perfume became the next step, and in 2014, Bella launched a trio of fragrances: a scented echo of some of her bestselling knitwear designs, named Je t’aime Jane, Ginsberg is God and 1970. Freud continues to live and work in London, regularly contributing to Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar magazines. She founded the Hoping Foundation with the academic Karma Nabulsi to support young Palestinian refugees, for whom she continues to raise awareness.