London (AP) – There is no doubt for fashion designer Stella McCartney that life would have been less easy without her famous father. “In my job, the benefits of having a father like this clearly outweigh the benefits.”

Ex-Beatle’s daughter Paul McCartney reported it many years ago in an interview with “Die Zeit”. “I wouldn’t be here without him.” This year, his company celebrates its 20th anniversary. McCartney, who designed fashion for Chloe, Gucci, H&M and Adidas, turns 50 on September 13.

According to her famous dad, Stella McCartney is also a good musician. But the second of Paul and Linda McCartney’s three children was more enthusiastic about fashion than music from a young age. Her parents had been a major source of inspiration – and especially their shared wardrobe. “It was like a bloated treasure,” McCartney told The Stern recently. “Inside, there were everyday clothes that were part of our country life at the time, but also stage outfits from my parents’ ‘Wings’.

Karl Lagerfeld was very skeptical at first

Paul McCartney founded the Wings group shortly after the Beatles split. Stella’s mother, photographer Linda, is the band’s keyboardist and singer. Stella’s childhood is a time of extremes – between the rock and roll life of her parents, who take her with her siblings on tour, and life on an eco-farm in Sussex. “We were very protected, downright isolated, in the midst of forests and vast landscapes,” she told Vogue. “Or we were on tour. Surrounded by 200,000 people. “So that she doesn’t lose control, her parents don’t send Stella to an expensive private school, but to a completely normal public school.

Stella and her sister Mary, who now works as a photographer, enthusiastically tried on Linda’s outfits as children. “My mother wore Chloe in the 70s, so she was always there for me at home,” recalls McCartney, who became Chloe’s Creative Director in 1997. Your predecessor Karl Lagerfeld was skeptical at the time. “I think they should have taken a big name,” he says. “Do you have. But music, not fashion.”

But his first catwalk show in Paris was a success. McCartney dedicates it to his gravely ill mother, who died of cancer in 1998. Linda had advised him early on to tackle his career as a designer. When Stella was a teenager, her parents organized her first internship with fashion designer Christian Lacroix in Paris. She then studied fashion design and sat down on Vogue. She later remembers that she was a “country girl” with her eyes open.

With its own style to many famous customers

Just two years after graduating, she reunited with Chloe. Before accepting, however, she first clarifies that leather or fur will never be used in collections under her direction. It makes an impression, even if it doesn’t just make friends in its branch. When she drew for Gucci years later, then Gucci boss Tom Ford was said to have tried to dissuade her from taking her course. Ford, who is now a close friend of McCartney, has now done without fur herself.

McCartney sharpened his eye for animal welfare and sustainability as a kid on the organic farm. Also something the longtime vegetarian inherited from her mother. Linda McCartney was an active animal rights activist and declared herself a vegetarian long before a vegetarian or vegan diet was as common as it is today.

Soon after, stars like Madonna and actresses Nicole Kidman and Gwyneth Paltrow were among McCartney’s clients. In 1998, Madonna even wore one of her pants in the music video for the single “Ray Of Light”. Something like this has an effect. “Stella surprised everyone by quickly developing her own style,” famed Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour later praised. “She made sure that a lot of very pretty young girls wanted to buy these dresses.”

Being a Beatle’s daughter wasn’t good at all

In her private life, Stella McCartney finds happiness with the publisher Alasdhair Willis. With him, she has two daughters and two sons born between 2005 and 2010. The family has their main residence in London, where their business empire is also located. The relationship with Papa Paul was sometimes seen as strained as Stella McCartney couldn’t be with his second wife, Heather Mills, from whom Sir Paul was long divorced after a War of the Roses.

By the way, being the daughter of a Beatles musician had more than benefits, says McCartney. When their label initially suffered heavy losses, the notorious British press wrote a lot about it. “All comparable businesses have equally high costs in their start-up phase, but hardly any reports are made about them,” McCartney complained at the time. “It’s only with me that everything is lit because everyone wants to see the Beatles girl fail.”

But she won. And in 2013, McCartney was even awarded the “Order of the British Empire” from Queen Elizabeth II for his service to the British fashion industry. She was quickly asked for her assessment of Queen fashion. “Very classy and handsome,” McCartney said politely and joked. “She should be carrying Stella McCartney, of course. I gave her my card.” It is not known if the monarch accepted the offer.