Christiana Stambolian was born in Greece. She trained in Athens, before coming to London in 1970 to work as a designer.
She brought out her first collection in 1978, and since then has presented 80 pieces every season. She has developed a particular interest in the fabrics of the far east. This dress with unusual half-print half-plain design, is from 1988.
Today she works as a head designer for a well-known London company and also continues to make her own label designs for particular customers.
Princess Diana attended a function at the Serpentine Gallery on the night that Prince Charles' interview with Panorama was broadcast in 1992. She wanted to make a splash, and so she wore a black dress made by Christina Stambolian, which was really sensational. It is now known as the 'Vengeance Dress'.
The dress for Princess Diana has catapulted Christina Stambolian in to the limelight, although she has been designing beautiful dresses for nearly 30 years. She has a large clientele of society women, who appreciate her unusual designs.