William Calvert ’91 and Melanie Fraser Hart Launch Callula Lillibelle Spring 2011 Collection

Philadelphia University alumnus William Calvert ’91, acclaimed fashion designer and couturier, has partnered with Melanie Fraser Hart to launch the Callula Lillibelle spring 2011 collection.

The look for this collection, according to the Callula Lillibele website, “was formed with the overriding concept of television’s popular Madmen meets 2010/2011.” Calvert and Fraser Hart are constantly inspired by stars of the past such as Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Tippi Hedren and Betty Paige.

“The ultra-cool designs could go from the office to the streets, making this collection perfect for the young, working girl,” noted the blog Jumping Anaconda. “And the pieces are so versatile within the collection, the mix and match possibilities are endless.”


Calvert was awarded the 2009 Spirit of Design Award in recognition of his expansive contribution to design excellence. His graceful and gently clinging signature evening dresses and wedding gowns were paraded down the 2009 Fashion Show runway at the beginning of the show.

“We are thrilled to see William continue to succeed as a leading fashion designer,” said Clara Henry, director of the Fashion Design Program. “As an alumnus of Philadelphia University, Calvert’s talent, acumen and success is a testament to the skill and leadership our graduates bring to the fashion industry. His brilliant work has made a substantial mark in the fashion industry.”

Calvert, a veteran of the fashion world, created a couture empire in 1998. Since 2001, his brand has evolved into a haute couture house. Previous to launching his own label, William worked for Balenciaga, Pierre Balmain and Rochas.

He also developed collections for Diane Von Furstenberg and consulted for Perry Ellis Women’s Coats. In 1999, he was selected for the first Moet and Chandon Designer Debut; and, during the same year, received the Rising Star Award from Fashion Group International.

For more on the spring 2011 collection, visit http://callulalillibelle.com/.

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