Vanessa Voegele-Downing

Vanessa is:

Fashion industry consultant and ex-model.

Vanessa's Story:

During her career as an international fashion model Vanessa clocked up a few miles on the world’s catwalks, sat in the make-up artist’s chair for hundreds of hours - and has been teased, backcombed and groomed by hairdressers for the same amount of time.  She's been lucky enough to work as a model for magazines, designers and directors - in both beautiful and mad places - shooting covers and commercials.

Vanessa's career began in London, then off to Paris, and 24 hours later was shooting ads for Yves St Laurent - who knew?  That was it, the start of her Parisienne years, working on a daily basis for high end fashion houses including, both Christians (Lacroix and Dior), Chanel, Versace, Givenchy, Hermes, Jean Paul Gaultier, Chloe and Valentino.  She worked with the coolest and best photographers, shooting campaigns for clients like YSL, L’Air du Temps, Cacharel, Avon and Martini.  Vanessa shot editorials and covers for French, Italian and British Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Tatler, Harpers and Queen, Blitz, Company and Cosmo, Woman’s Journal (and Own) and every daily newspaper.  She was fortunate to work with the top experts in the fashion and beauty industry, who helped her (a tall, skinny redhead, with sensitive skin and freckles) to emerge from the frizz and become a regular on catwalks and appear in editorial for glossy magazines all over the world.

Thirteen years later, back in London, Vanessa started having daughters and when the house was bursting with three baby girls (and with the prospect of ponies, fields and fresh air looming on the horizon) she moved to Dorset.  Properly scary!