Jill Stuart Dresses: Every Girl's Favorite Clothing Design

by Marianne Salina
Fashion School Review Columnist

September 22, 2006

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One of the more memorable cinematic events in the mid-nineties starred Alicia Silverstone as Cher in Clueless, a comedy that offered insight into the trials and victories of a spoiled Beverly Hills girl. But it wasn't just the absent-minded antics of high school students that caught public interest--it was also the fashion design.

As it happens, Silverstone wasn't the only one to make her debut in this film; it was also clothing designer Jill Stuart's first opportunity to show the world the power of a cute little dress.

Evolving in Fashion Design
Stuart's designs have matured considerably since her Clueless days and her fashion design career now enjoys a major spotlight within the industry. Early on in New York she watched her parents produce the popular label Mister Pants in the 60's. She began making and selling bags and belts to Bloomingdales before she realized that her skill needed a bit of shaping.

Fashion Design School: Holding on to the Little Girl at Heart
Jill attended fashion design school where she developed her affinity for cute, girly prints into a line that women could easily wear. Today, her label is recognized for its warm, muted fabric colors, soft, breezy materials, and slender silhouettes.

Clueless Meets High Fashion
Stuart clearly walked away from design school with a respectable fashion design career but what has been her secret to continued success? From the outside it appears to be her adaptability to trend changes and consumer interests. In a recent runway show for her Fall 2006 line, Stuart presented sleek, black designs with a contemporary edge, illustrating her openness to change and diversity.

Fashion design school helped Stuart's career achieve international accolades. Discover what it can do for you.


About the Author
Marianne Salina is a freelance writer in Spokane, Washington. She writes about pursuits in education and degree opportunities.

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