Stéphane Rolland was born in Paris. He spent his childhood in Cannes and Nice and his adolescence in Argentina and the Caribbean. Very young, his creative soul is revealed, with a certain passion for cinema, fashion and theater.
At the age of 18, Stéphane Rolland enrolled in the Haute Couture Chamber of Commerce, belonging to the French Federation of Couture and Fashion Designers.
THE BIRTH OF A CLAW
At the age of 20, Stéphane Rolland joined Cristobal Balenciaga's house at 10 avenue George V. Nine months later, he was appointed artistic director for the launch of the Balenciaga Homme line and became the youngest artistic director in Paris.
After having signed license agreements with Maison Balmain, Stéphane Rolland creates, under the Balmain Uniformes label, image clothing for 170 companies worldwide such as Eurostar, Peugeot and the Cannes Film Festival.
At the age of 28, Stéphane Rolland launched his first prêt-à-porter collection distributed around the world. The architecture and the purity of his works won the admiration of a clientele that encouraged him more and more to move towards haute couture.
At age 31, Stéphane Rolland is appointed artistic director and designer of the Jean-Louis Scherrer house. Stéphane Rolland is the youngest of the 20 couturiers in the world.
Stéphane Rolland is nominated twice for the prize for the best costume at the French Molières ceremony for the play "Amadeus" (with Jean Piat in the role of Salieri and Lorant Deutsch in the role of Mozart).
At age 40, Stéphane Rolland opens his fashion house and defines his own rules by bringing his vision of a new concept of luxury more dynamic and exclusive.
On July 2, 2007, he presented his first Haute Couture collection in his salons located at 10 Avenue George V, where he started his career 20 years earlier for the Balenciaga house.
The French Federation of Couture and the Ministry of Economy of Industry and Employment admit it instantly in the very closed circle of 12 Haute Couture houses.
The Haute Couture label is a term protected by law. Each house must follow very specific rules:
- A custom creation with a minimum fitting, for private customers.
- A workshop in Paris that employs at least 15 people full-time.
- Twenty minimum full time technicians, in at least one workshop.
- Presentation of two collections of original models per year (in January and July).