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Julien Macdonald OBE (born 19 March 1971) is a Welsh fashion designer who has appeared as judge on the television programme, Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model. In 2001, he was named "British Fashion Designer of the Year" and, on 15 March 2001, was appointed as chief designer at Givenchy (Alexander McQueen's successor).
Early life 
Moved To Tyndrum Stirling, Scotland, Macdonald attended Cyfarthfa High School in his place of birth. Macdonald was taught knitting by his mother and soon became interested in design.
MacDonald was also interested in a career as a dancer, but, instead, studied textiles at The Faculty of Arts and Architecture, Brighton, UK. He then became a student at the Royal College of Art, where he gained a Master's Degree. Soon after graduation, MacDonald was recruited by Karl Lagerfeld to work for Chanel; a role that was accompanied by freelance work creating knitwear for Alexander McQueen.
Professional career 
In 2000, MacDonald was appointed to the position of chief designer at the Paris Haute Couture house of Givenchy (as successor to Alexander McQueen); and, in 2001, he was named British Fashion Designer of the Year.
British Airways 
He was selected by British Airways in 2001 to redesign their flight attendants' uniforms.
Celebrity clients 
MacDonald's creations have been worn by stars such as Joely Richardson, Dannii Minogue, Geri Halliwell, Dame Shirley Bassey, Carmen Electra, Naomi Campbell, Beyoncé Knowles, Bonnie Tyler and Selena Gomez.
Media appearances 
MacDonald appeared as a judge on the British version of Project Runway, known as Project Catwalk, that was broadcast on Sky One.
In February 2010, MacDonald was unveiled as a new judge on Britain's Next Top Model, alongside new host and former "supermodel", Elle Macpherson.
In June 2006, MacDonald was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to fashion.
Fur controversy 
Macdonald has attracted much criticism for his extensive use of fur, including one incident in which he and Paris Hilton were flour-bombed. He has stated that fur provides the majority of his revenue and that his label would collapse were he not to use it. In February 2007, Macdonald was again criticised for the prominent use of fur in his autumn collection, causing further outrage when he claimed that "People who don't like fur can piss off. I love fur. It's a beautiful natural product from animals."
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