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John Rocha, (born 23 August 1953, Hong Kongmarker) is a Britishmarker fashion designer of Chinese and Portuguese descent.

He moved to Irelandmarker after graduating from the Croydon School of Artmarker, Londonmarker. Known for his hand-crafting, beading and appliquée to garments, Rocha first established a name for himself with his Chinatown label in Dublinmarker in the 1980s and later designing clothing for both men and women in the Irish high street stores A Wear and their luxury stores Brown Thomas. He has designed a range of cut crystal stem-wear and vases for Waterford Crystal until that firm's closure in 2008. The brand is being relaunched in 2010 and a John Rocha crystal product range will be relaunched Waterford Crystal.

By 1993, he was named Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards. Rocha runs his own "John Rocha", "John Rocha Jeans", "Rocha John Rocha" and "John Rocha Jewellery" labels alongside a diffusion clothing, homewear and accessories label for the department store Debenhams. Rocha has also designed the interiors of the Morrison Hotel in Dublinmarker and the Orion Buildingmarker in Birminghammarker.

He resides in Dublin, Republic of Irelandmarker with his wife Odette (nee Gleeson), who is a key member of his design team, and their two children, Simone and Max. Rocha has a second, older daughter, from his first marriage to another Irish woman. The Rocha family keep a second home in the South of France, at Eze-Sur-Mer, in an area popular with other wealthy Irish friends, including Bono, the lead singer of Dublin rock band, U2.Rocha continues to produce a 'pret-a-porter' womenswear and menswear range which he showcases twice annually at the British Fashion Council sponsored London Fashion Week (February & September). His John Rocha lifestyle boutique opened at 15a Dover Street, London, W1, in 2006. His design business, operating as Three Moon Design, is located at Dublin's Ely Place with a turnover of €200 million per year

He was awarded the 'Special Award' at the Ernst and Young Irish Entrepeneur of the Year Awards 2008 which took place in the City West Hotel in Dublin on the 23rd October 2008.

Rocha was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2002 for his contributions to the fashion industry.

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References

  1. http://www.independent.ie/lifestyle/the-house--of-rocha-1910395.html
  2. http://www.johnrocha.ie/

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