William Calvert got his start in fashion in 1991 when for four years he worked in Paris on the couture collections of Balenciaga, Pierre Balmain and Rochas. From there he moved to New York City where he designed and developed new collections for Diane von Furstenberg. His eponymous line debuted in 1998 and was selected for GEN ART “Fresh Faces in Fashion.”
His line subsequently earned numerous awards and garnered praise in the press with TIME calling him a “shining light at the end of that tunnel,” and The New York Times saying, geometrically cut gowns and luxurious fabrics are meant for those who want to achieve an effortless beauty rather than a worked-for glamour.”
In 2001 his brand evolved into a haute couture and earned more recognition, with the Spirit of Design Award in 2009 and the National Arts Club Innovator award in 2011. Calvert partnered with Melanie Fraser Hart to form Callula Lillibele, a line that embraces tradition yet enhances the female figure of all types, with the overriding concept of television’s popular “Madmen” meets 2010/2011..