Jill Stuart grew up in the world of fashion, taking after her parents who started Mister Pants, one of the first brands to make pants for women. While still a student at Manhattan’s Dalton School, Stuart sold her designs, featuring chokers and handbags, to Bloomingdale’s at the age of 15. After attending the Rhode Island School of Design she founded her eponymous line in 1993. Many pieces from her first womenswear collection were featured in the 1995 cult-classic film Clueless. Today, more than 250 freestanding Jill Stuart stores exist worldwide, with product lines that include ready-to-wear, cosmetics, fragrances, timepieces, jewellery, home goods and Jill Stuart cafes.
Contemporary art has played a prominent role in Stuart’s life, serving as a source of inspiration for her work. As a woman in the arts herself, Jill is often attracted to artists that incorporate femininity either as an expression of themselves or as their subject. This has shaped her own art collection, which includes major works by Cecily Brown, Lisa Yuskavage, Tracey Emin and Ghada Amer, among others.
Click ahead to see Stuart's favourite works from Sotheby’s upcoming Contemporary Curated auction.
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