Julie de Libran
brand or profession: sonia rykiel’s artistic director
attended course: fashion design • three year course • undergraduate
school: Milano Fashion School
graduated in: 1991
Julie de Libran was raised in Vernègues, a small village close to Baux de Provence in the south of France, by her wine producer turned restaurateur father and interior designer mother who was perpetually decked in Yves Saint Laurent, Hermès, and Sonia Rykiel.
When she was 8 years old, her father moved the brood to America. She spent the '80s in the United States. Some of her earliest and happiest memories are of visiting the tailor with her mother and grandmother to be fitted for smock dresses. But when it came to shopping, she never found what she wanted in stores. During high school, she drew some sketches and took them to a seamstress.
Her father, seeing the signs, enrolled her in fashion school, at Istituto Marangoni Milano where she studied Fashion Design. As soon as she graduated in 1991, she found a place at Gianfranco Ferré, before moving to Versace. And then, in 1998, she joined Prada where she stayed for 10 and a half years. After a long experience in position of power at Louis Vuitton, she moved to Sonia Rykiel, where she is now channelling all that knowledge into collections that show her concern for detail and narrative.