Petra Ecclestone

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Petra Ecclestone
BornDecember 1988 (age 24)
Westminster, London, England
OccupationHeiress, model, fashion designer, socialite
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Spouse(s)James Stunt
ParentsBernie Ecclestone
Slavica Ecclestone
RelativesTamara Ecclestone (sister)
 
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Petra Ecclestone
BornDecember 1988 (age 24)
Westminster, London, England
OccupationHeiress, model, fashion designer, socialite
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Spouse(s)James Stunt
ParentsBernie Ecclestone
Slavica Ecclestone
RelativesTamara Ecclestone (sister)

Petra Ecclestone (born December 1988)[2][3] is a British heiress, model, fashion designer and socialite, the younger daughter of Croatian former Armani model Slavica and English Formula One billionaire Bernie Ecclestone. She has an older sister, Tamara and an older paternal half-sister, Deborah. She speaks Croatian fluently and understands French and Italian.[4]

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Biography

Ecclestone was born in Westminster, London, and attended Trevor-Roberts School, then Francis Holland School, a girls' school, in London.[5] She reportedly won a place at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, but never took up the offer.[6]

She contracted viral meningitis at the age of 14, and told the media that it "changed her life forever."[7] She said "I no longer take my health for granted. ... I’m now a health freak and a hypochondriac. I’m obsessed with cleanliness, I eat healthily and take my vitamins."[7] She has since become an ambassador for the Meningitis Trust.[7]

Fashion career

Growing up, Ecclestone wanted to be a fashion designer.[8] She decided to make menswear because it is a "bigger niche" and because "womenswear was too saturated".[8]

At the age of 19, Eccelstone created the menswear label FORM, which was sold into retailers including Harrods from October 2008.[8] In April 2009 it was announced that Ecclestone had signed a contract with the Croatian clothing manufacturer Siscia.[9] After she reportedly grew "tired of the grind of having to oversee the range", Form collapsed into administration 14 months after start-up, before being liquidated.[10]

She launched accessories line called Stark in September 2011.[11] Ecclestone has plans for a footwear collection, and hopes to open her own store in Los Angeles.[12]

Personal life

Petra Ecclestone's Range Rover, pictured in London

Ecclestone dated entrepreneur James Stunt for four years before they married on 27 August 2011 at Odescalchi Castle near Rome, at an event attended by royals, socialites and celebrities. The wedding reportedly cost £12 million and the bride's Vera Wang dress £80,000.[6][13]

Both Ecclestone and Stunt describe themselves as "virtually teetotal".[6]

In July 2011 Ecclestone purchased The Manor, in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, for $85 million, with $82.4 million borrowed from her mother.[14][15] It had been on the market for two years with an asking price of $150 million, making it the most expensive residential real estate listing in the US. The 57,000-square-foot (5,300 m2) mansion was the former home of Aaron and Candy Spelling, and is the largest residence in Los Angeles County.[16]

References

  1. ^ http://www.nowpublic.com/culture/petra-ecclestone-buys-spelling-manor-whos-petra-ecclestone-2801923.html
  2. ^ "My secret life: Petra Ecclestone, fashion designer, 19. The Independent. Retrieved 18 June 2011.
  3. ^ "England & Wales Births"
  4. ^ Perry, Tasmina (12 October 2008). " Christmas". The Daily Telegraph (London). http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/news-features/TMG3365657/Petra-Ecclestone-from-party-girl-to-fashion-designer.html.
  5. ^ http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/fashion/article-23754464-driving-force-petra-ecclestone.do
  6. ^ a b c Boshoff, Alison (18 June 2011). "Petra Ecclestone, the girl whose full-time job is spending Daddy's billions". London: Daily Mail. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2004953/Petra-Ecclestone-girl-time-job-spending-Daddys-billions.html. Retrieved 18 June 2011.
  7. ^ a b c Julie Cross, "Petra Ecclestone: I wanted to die: Turning point: when Petra Ecclestone contracted viral meningitis at the age of 14 it changed her life forever," The Times, March 30, 2010. Found at Times online. Retrieved February 8, 2011.
  8. ^ a b c Vernon, Polly (7 June 2009). "Polly Vernon on Petra Ecclestone, the heiress who works for a living". The Guardian (London). http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/jun/07/petra-bernie-ecclestone-fashion.
  9. ^ http://www.javno.com/en-lifestyle/siscia-will-produce-clothing-by-petra-ecclestone_252451
  10. ^ Thompson, Jody (25 January 2011). "'I keep my eveningwear in the dressing room next door': Petra Ecclestone attempts to defend her privileged lifestyle... but doesn't do very well". Daily Mail (London). http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1350156/Petra-Ecclestone-defends-privileged-lifestyle.html.
  11. ^ Billionairess Petra Ecclestone's accessories line Stark to launch at New York Fashion Week http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2033211/Billionairess-Petra-Ecclestones-accessories-line-Stark-launch-New-York-Fashion-Week.html
  12. ^ Petra Ecclestone's Fast Lane
  13. ^ "£12m wedding was worth every penny" Daily Mail. Retrieved 22nd November 2011.
  14. ^ It's Official! Candy Spelling's Closing Price: $85 Million AOL Real Estate. July 14, 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
  15. ^ "It's not just daddy who's got a healthy bank balance... Petra Ecclestone borrows a cool $82.4 million from her mummy" Daily Mail Retrieved 6 August 2011.
  16. ^ "Candy Spelling's Holmby Hills mansion listed for $150 million" Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 18 June 2011.