Photographed by Julian Broad for the Telegraph Magazine
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Born and raised in
by Greek Cypriot parents. England
Nicolas was always surrounded by his family's fashion manufacturing business.
Over the years his creative energy manifested itself in both music and design. He became an accomplished drummer playing with bands during the night, while persuing his design ambitions by day at college.
Graduating from the prestigious St Martins School of Art in London, Nicolas had no doubt that the only way forward was to form his own company.
Whilst still studying he apprenticed with Rifat Ozbek, he has also worked with many other designers such as John Galliano, and Katherine Hamnett and cut patterns for Vivienne Westwood's “Pirate Shirts”.
The ‘Nicolas Georgiou Company’ was formed September 1987.
The fashion house gained extensive sales due to a strong creative design concept and reputation for quality with reliability.
Along with this came major magazine publicity and press coverage. (see Press and Gallery) including numerous TV appearances, such as This Morning (Richard & Judy) Clothes Show, Reportage, Hit TV with Paula Yates, etc.
Through this success Nicolas was able to attract additional financial backing through a city stockbroking company. This gave Nicolas the opportunity and capacity to increase overseas sales as well as further developing the home market.
In 1989 the company was asked by Annette Worsley-Taylor to join the prestigious London Designer Collections and show alongside other top British Designers.
Spring/Summer that year Nicolas showed his first catwalk show and afterwards saw orders triple.
The range sold to Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Whistles and many other stores in the
UK. Other markets included the USA, Japan, Parisand . Germany
His clothes were favoured by the Music media and TV celebrities’.
From 1990 ‘Nicolas Georgiou Ltd’, was showing in
each season at the ‘Paris Sur Mode’ fashion Show as well as the London Designer Collection Show. Paris
Knitwear was manufactured by John Smedley in Derbyshire.
All fashion show shoes were designed in collaboration with personal friend Jimmy Choo.
1989 Nominated for The British Designer of the Year Awards, held at the Royal AlbertHall.
Also nominated as Britain’s ‘Young Hope’ at the International Linen Fil D’Or Awards, fashion show held in Monte Carlo, alongside Karl Largerfeld, Romeo Gigli, Margaret Howell, Paul Costelloe and other international names.
The Spring/Summer 1990 show brought Nicolas Georgiou the accolade of “Hottest talent for the 90’s" by
The Telegraph News paper. Voted top designer.
Invited to create a Levis outfit and show at the Nordoff Robbins “star studded” Levi’s White Heat, charity fashion show.
Guest speaker at the
, with John Galliano and Ally Capellino. Fashion Talks on the relevance and significance of fashion in the late 80’s hosted by Caryn Franklin. ICA
June 1990 Invited to show at the prestigious ‘The International Wool Secretariat’ Spring/Summer 1991 “Cool Wool” catwalk collection featuring alongside John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood Paul Smith, Joseph, Betty Jackson, Jasper Conran and Antony Price
1996 - 2000 successfully designed and developed brands for The William Baird Group Plc.
The Baird Group saw an increase in sales for the 'Cloud Nine' outerwear brand from £2.5 million to £13.5 million within three years. Nicolas was solely responsible for designing the range during this period.
1999 Sir David Cooksey (Bank of England) awarded Nicolas "winner" of the 'William Baird Designer of the Year award' across entire group.
2000 - 2004 Design director for Signature Brands Plc.
Since then Nicolas has worked on many private and corporate design projects and has head up creative design teams, producing successful ranges for many well known fashion brands across UK and Europe.