Debbie known today as one of the worlds most expensive designers, she started out her fashion career at the age of 13, working on school productions in the wardrobe department. This is where the story begins.
Her mother a skilled seamstress passed down her craft to her daughter and coupled with Debbie's keen eye for detail, her own unique creations were born. By the age of 18, Debbie moved from her humble South Yorkshire roots to London with ambition and plans to start her fashion empire.
The self-taught designer started her trading at Greenwich Market and then opened her own boutique in Hoxton. A year later she made the jump from east to west and opened a showroom on the uber chic Kings Road.
By 2005 her gowns were worn to the BAFTA'S and a well renowned fashion columnist wrote "the best dress at this year's BAFTA'S was a dress designed by an unknown designer, but watch this space...." This was a turning point for Debbie and at last the press took an interest and the celebrity client list was growing rapidly, aided by the red carpet-esque appeal of her gowns.
Debbie started to work under a non-disclosure contract, creating finale pieces for the big fashion houses. After collaborations with other fashion houses Debbie felt it was time to do her own show. The collection still encapsulated her signature style -- which is without a doubt red carpet -- so she decided to make the jump across the pond to Los Angeles to exhibit her first collection in its rightful habitat, the home of the 'A' list away from home, the Chateau Marmont. The collection was shown during LA fashion week in October 2009; it was a glamorous affair held pool side at the Chateau. The amazing avocation naturally added a few names to the ever expanding celebrity client list such as Katy Perry, Amanda Holden, Amy Smart, Catherine Jenkins and Dita Von Teese. To date Debbie's creations have featured in magazines such as: Vogue Italia, Vanity Fair Italia, British Vogue, Glamour, GQ, Elle, Hello, JFW, LA Times and more.
Debbie appeared on Britain's Next Top Model and was a guest judge, her creations have appeared on Sex and the City, Desperate House Wives and Ugly Betty.
Debbie took a short sabbatical from fashion to spend time with her 3 daughters from 2009-2011 and although still produced custom made couture for her clients, she did so around her family life.
The big come back to the fashion world Debbie did in true couture style, she made the world's most expensive black diamond dress, valued at a staggering 3.5 million pounds.
Debbie Wingham attracted worldwide media coverage and was the talk of Hollywood, with the launch of the world's most expensive black diamond dress and subsequent World Tour. The world's most expensive black diamond dress as graced the pages of over 100 luxury fashion and lifestyle publications, made front page news around the world and was televised on BBC news, E! Entertainment and Access Hollywood. She is well known amongst social circles of elite ladies who appreciate luxurious finishes and the discretion of owning a unique and one of a kind piece.
In 2013 Debbie managed to excel into a new realm of luxury when she launched the red diamond abaya, It was valued at a staggering 11.7 million pounds sterling, making it notably the most expensive garment in the world. Centre stage of the garment sat the world's most expensive and rarest diamond. One in every one hundred million diamonds is a natural red colour, making it the rarest diamond in the world. The red diamond alone was valued at 5.4 million pounds. The abaya also featured black diamonds, Debbie's signature stone, along with white diamonds and the rare red diamond.
After the success of the world's most expensive gowns Debbie decided to set up an academy for young people not only giving them a creative outlet but also working on confidence building and building life skills that will benefit the kids in years to come. The academy is called Future of Fashion and has grown from strength to strength in popularity. It specialises in teaching young people independently; within schools, especially amongst the less fortunate with pupils who are close to exclusion; within hospitals, and within many other environments where the youths needed some creative confidence. Future of Fashion as been putting kids in Fashion Week, showcasing their designs that they not only model themselves but pieces they designed and made themselves. So far, more than 5000 kids have been apart of the FOF project. Vogue even cover them each season.
A few years into the Future of Fashion academy, Debbie decided to hang up her tailoring shears and just keep the academy as her main fashion focus. The FOF academy now also offers a platform for emerging designers with clothing labels in infancy, or still studying fashion in higher education and looking for a platform for exposure, Wingham opens up her black book of contacts and acts as a mentor to the emerging talent, putting on top end fashion events that young creatives would never normally be able to afford.
In recent years she decided to introduce a new art to her life. She swapped fabric for fondant and haute couture to cake artistry. The brand equity in her name made it so her transition was smooth and she was quickly welcomed into the world of edible artistry. In no time at all, she was making celebrity cakes, had cake columns worldwide and was deemed an industry expert. She also became the world's most expensive designer for the 3rd time when she created a cake for an Arabian client showcasing all their diamonds which they were gifting to their daughter. This cake was valued at 48.5 million and blew her previous world's most expensive's out of the water.
Wingham continues to branch out and life as a caketress keeps her extremely busy, these days she films around 20 TV shows per year and continues introducing new art forms to her repertoire