After graduating from the Whitehouse Institute of Design in Melbourne, Australia, Tamara Ralph travelled to London in hopes of breaking into the fashion industry. After a chance meeting with Michael Russo, an Australian banker working in London, the duo launched Ralph & Russo in 2006.
The label has since grown to become a multi-million dollar business. Royalty, high society, music and movie idols are all Ralph & Russo clients, and the well-documented patronage of Angelina Jolie, Rihanna, Bella Hadid and Sheikha Mozah of Qatar has helped turn the brand into a global name.
Beyonce has worn their designs on tour and made headlines when she wore a show-stopping Ralph & Russo bespoke gown encrusted with more than 20,000 hand-sewn Swarovski crystals while performing for Barack Obama at the White House in 2010.
The couple were the only representatives from the fashion industry on Forbes’ annual list of the 40 most successful people under 40 in 2013.
In 2014, Ralph & Russo was the first British brand to show at Paris Couture Week, and since became the first British couture house to join the French Chambre Syndicale. Tamara Ralph is one of only four female creative directors invited to showcase their designs at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week.
In 2017, Hollywood actress and princess-in-waiting Meghan Markle turned to Ralph & Russo to dress her for the official Royal engagement portrait with Prince Harry.