Tomasz Starzewski’s style has been described as sculptural, architectural, tailored and constructed. Both his grandmother and father were architects, and this passion for shape coexists with his renown for colour blocking and exquisite embroidery. Tomasz skilfully designs for a woman looking for a unique, personalised and exclusive experience, resulting in timeless, perfectly fitting day dresses and evening gowns.
Established in London in 1982, Tomasz Starzewski has designed clothes for an impressive array of British and International clients, becoming synonymous with timeless elegance and discretion. He counts many members of British and European royal and political families amongst his clients. His breakthrough came in 1989 when Victoria Lockwood, a former fashion model, wore his wedding dress when she married Charles Spencer, brother of Princess Diana. That same Autumn, Princess Diana wore the dress that sealed his reputation – the Horizontal Pleated Dress - a classically beautiful dress, still produced to this day.
In 1979 he attended Central Saint Martins, setting up his eponymous label whilst still a student. Selling couture evening gowns to Bergdorf’s, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales and Saks, from 1982 to 1999 his business was predominantly driven by the American market, with Lucienne Phillips in Knightsbridge championing Tomasz and other British designers.
In 1990 he opened his first shop on Pont Street followed by a move to Sloane Street in 1996. Under Asprey’s tenure, Tomasz expanded his business to include Ready to Wear daywear and tailoring for the first time, which put him on the map in the U.K. with his designs being sold to over 70 shops worldwide.
Setting up on his own once again in 2000, Tomasz first opened his showroom in Stanhope Mews West, then back to Belgravia in 2004, where he continues to concentrate on his core business of couture Made to Measure evening gowns, cocktail dresses and day dresses, which are all hand made in his London atelier.
Tomasz's range of accomplishments include, since 2010, his flourishing yet discreet interior design business, which began when his fashion design and embroidery was admired by decorator friends, which led to his first work in this new field, and hasn't stopped since. Ranging from historical to contemporary designs, the huge turning point came with his first major commercial project at 66 Chiltern Place. where he designed all the interior architecture and decoration of the vast 14,000 square metres of space. and he was entrusted with his first major commission. Historical to contemporary This trust in Tomasz paid off and the whole project was a huge success, resulting in an ever-growing catalogue of commissions from both private and corporate clients. He attributes his success to being able to listen to exactly what each client wants, specialising in being able to interpret and create a backdrop around a client. He adds as much or as little of his own taste as each project dictates, with his priority always being to make his clients happy. His responsibility in his role as creator is designing a concept which reflects the personality of the client.