Known for fashion active and a day-to-evening aesthetic, Victoria Bartlett’s career spans more than 20 years of design, styling and brand development. Her philosophy fuses fashion and function in wearable designs that defy short-lived trends.
Victoria Bartlett began her career in design at The London College of Fashion in 1982. Upon graduating with a degree in fashion design, she assisted couturier Rhavis of London, earning a time-honored couture craftsmanship.
Victoria Bartlett’s career blossomed after finding her way to New York in 1990.
She partnered with fashion designer Jeffrey Costello on a body-conscious collection called BC and began working as an editorial stylist. She held Fashion Editor titles at Allure Magazine, Interview Magazine, and BIG Magazine and worked numerous fashion editorials for ID, French Vogue, Vogue China, Italian Vogue, V Magazine, L’Uomo Vogue, and Numero, amongst others. Her celebrity clientele has included Madonna, Courtney Love, Lana Del Rey, Pharrell Williams, Scarlett Johansson, Rihanna, Ed Norton, Jennifer Lawrence, Tilda Swinton and many more.
Ms. Bartlett’s expertise in design and trusted styling also enabled her to take the lead as a creative consultant for a broad list of clients; visualizing, directing, and interpreting the ethos of notable brands like Theory, Armani Exchange, Miu Miu, Versace, Versus, Alessandro Dell Aqua, DKNY, Calvin Klein, Christian Lacroix, Tommy Hilfiger and many more.
In the Fall of 2003, Victoria branched out on her own as the sole designer and originator of VPL. This award-winning line filled a niche between lingerie and sportswear with utilitarian, stylish garments that were meant to be mixed, matched, and layered. Merging comfort, functionality and fashion, VPL positioned itself well as an everyday uniform for a sophisticated, multi-faceted clientele. The line grew in the high-end contemporary collection, and in 2013 it extended into fashion active with the addition of swim, shoes, and accessories, with collections sold in more than 25 countries with hundreds of retail partners and a flagship store in SOHO.
Victoria exited VPL in February 2016 to embark on new projects. Recent costuming projects include costuming for Maria Cassaba’s performance “staged at the kitchen” as part of Crossing the Line Festival, a collaboration with artist Kai Althoff for an installation at MOMA, costuming for Emery LeCrone “The Most Inner Part of Something” in The New Ballet Festival at Joyce Theater, and designing the underpinnings for Scarlett Johansson as a manga girl in “Ghost In The Shell”.
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