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Stella Jean
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In 2011, Stella Jean became one to watch as one of the winners of Vogue Italia’s Who Is On Next talent contest. One year later, the self-taught Hatian-Italian designer presented her debut collection at Milan Fashion Week. Her work caught the attention of Giorgio Armani, who chose her Spring/Summer 2014 collection to show at his Teatro Armani show space in Milan.

The creative ways she mixes bright colors and bold global prints pay homage to her multicultural heritage and have earned her celebrity fans, including Beyoncé, Rihanna and Zendaya. Jean is also a tireless advocate for other designers of color. The only Black designer on Italy’s fashion council, she recently decided not to show her collection at Milan fashion week as a show of support for emerging Italian designers of color.

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