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Candice Held

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File:Candice Held at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.jpg
Candice Held showing at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week
Candice Held
BornCandice Marie Held
(1973-09-13) 13 September 1973 (age 47)
South Carolina, USA
🏡 ResidenceLos Angeles, California, United States
🏳️ Nationality
💼 Occupation

Candice Held [1] is a Los Angeles based women's clothing designer known for her original silhouettes and artwork. She first started designing in 1996 and launched her namesake clothing line in 2004. She was one of the pioneers of retail/gallery space downtown Los Angeles when she opened her flagship boutique on Spring St. and participated in the Downtown Art Walk.[2] with partner and gallery owner Tristan Gittens [3]


Candice Held is known for her beautiful original textile designs. "Green Dream" is one of her classic prints. She was inspired to create her own fabric print designs after working with vintage materials. Candice's strong eye for color and print mixing is evident in her vintage line. This line features recycled vintage silk scarves sewn together to create a one-of-a-kind dress or tunic. She is one of the first to use recycled or "green" materials at a high fashion level. Her work has a large celebrity following including some of the most famous fashionistas; Carmen Electra, Halle Berry, Beyoncé Knowles, Paris Hilton, Tyra Banks, Maria Sharapova, Drew Sidora, Britney Spears, and Drew Barrymore to name a few.[4][5][6]

Personal life[edit]

Candice Held's first cousin (Great Grandfather's Aunt's Daughter) Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen [7] was the first woman to wear "high fashion" at Wimbledon during her domination of the sport from 1914 to 1926. Lenglen's signature wooden tennis racquet, rumored to be the one used during her 1919 Wimbledon championship, hangs in Candice Held's studio. This was used as inspiration for her work, including a printed cotton sundress and the "Tennis Racquet" Vintage Silk Scarf dress. Lenglen's penchant for wearing brightly colored silk headbands prompted Miss Held to style the models in her first runway show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week with similar accoutrements. Further inspiring to her textile art is her great great grandfather, Louis Amable Petit, a set painter for the Paris Opera.


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  6. : : Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Interview on YouTube: :
  7. : : Suzanne Lenglen's Wimbledon Career : :

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