Ceil Chapman

Fashion Designer

Ceil Chapman was born in New York on January 1st, 1912 and is the Fashion Designer. At the age of 67, Ceil Chapman biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
January 1, 1912
United States
Place of Birth
New York
Death Date
Jul 13, 1979 (age 67)
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Fashion Designer
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Ceil Chapman Life

Ceil Chapman (1912 – July 13, 1979) was an American fashion designer who worked in New York City from the 1940s to the 1960s.

She was known for designing glamorous cocktail and party dresses as well as dealing with celebrity clients, including television and movie actresses.


Ceil Chapman Career

Designs and career

She began working in the workroom of a huge Fifth Avenue store in New York after two years of college. She was hired as the head of the company within three years and had been with the company for eight years. Chapman was involved in Her Ladyship Gowns, a short-lived company that began with Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt and her sister, Thelma Furness, Viscountes Furness around 1940.

Between 1954 and 1960, Chapman patented several styles.

In 1945, Ceil Chapman was given the Coty American Fashion Critics' Award for her contributions to the American fashion scene. She was also the recipient of the John Wanamaker Award, Foley's "Golden Year" Award, and the Strawbridge and Clothier Award for outstanding work in the field of American fashion. In exchange for program credit, Ceil Chapman began an informal agreement to loan clothes to NBC TV shows around 1949. Chapman was approached by Joan Feldman, a young costume designer on NBC, who was displeased with the lack of funds for contemporary clothing for actors of dramatic shows like Betty Furness. It was the first clothing transaction for credit on television, according to the designer, Joan Kron, who now goes by her married name. After a poll asking college students to nominate the country's most popular designer for the young, Chapman was awarded the Mademoiselle Merit Award in 1955. She was crowned by a landslide. She received the Swiss Fabrics' "Best of Informals" award in 1956.

During the 1950s, Chapman worked on 530 Seventh Avenue in New York's Garment District. In a 1956 Western Union advertisement, a photo of the designer at work in her studio appeared. Chapman also contributed to advertisements for Cadillac cars and Maidenform girdles.

Ceil Chapman was reportedly Marilyn Monroe's top fashion designer. Elizabeth Taylor's 1950 wedding to Conrad "Nicky" Hilton was a gift from her trousseau. Deborah Kerr, Greer Garson, Grace Kelly, and Aretha Franklin were among the celebrity clients. For the 1963 film Promises, Chapman worked on Marie McDonald's makeover.


Betty Furness wore a Ceil Chapman dress at a function in 1952. Ms. Chapman was also on hand, in the same outfit. According to reports, she "sashayed back to the powder room, checked the jacket part of the outfit, cut the big organza bow at the neckline, and returned to her sirloin in a dramatic way."

Ceil Chapman Inc. was located at 200 Park Avenue by November 1968. At that time, the company registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission to sell shares of common stock, saying, "to participate principally in the design, manufacturing, manufacturing, exporting, and selling of women's clothing, accessories, and novelties under the brand 'Ceil Chapman,' and encouraging others to use the Ceil Chapman name." Miss Winston is a character in a 1960s outfit. Ceil Bleue, a perfume or cologne, may have existed in the 1960s.

The Staten Island Historical Society's collections include a branded Ceil Chapman evening gown with multicolored pastel lace at the waist, as well as a long, full skirt of powder-pink tulle. Several of Chapman's designs, including a 1948 wedding dress, a late 1940s style, and three 1950s cocktail dresses, are among the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection. These styles show Chapman's obsession with draping and layering of fabric to emphasize the female form.

The Ceil Chapman's designs have been compared to those of Anne Fogarty, Nettie Rosenstein, and Norman Norell. Chapman was one of many designers who were able to adapt Christian Dior's "New Look" for surprisingly cheap cocktail wear aimed at the American ready-to-wear market. Her labels were branded with the phrase "ORIGINAL / Chapman / DESIGN," "a Chapman creation," or simply "Ceil Chapman."