At 18, Sophie moved to Paris to attend the renowned fashion design school, Studio Berçot. She graduated early after winning France’s “National Young Design Award”. She was then hired by the most influential designer of this time, Jean-Paul Gaultier. She credits M. Gaultier for teaching her how to work with colors, how to develop the narrative of a collection and, most importantly, how to be fearless and to trust her own instincts.
A few years later, she moved on to Azzedine Alaïa where she would truly mature as a designer. During her 10 years as Alaïa’s right-hand woman, Sophie immersed herself completely in the world of Couture, which allowed her to refine her considerable cutting and draping skills. She worked on the main collection as well as accessories and knitwear, traveling constantly while closely working by the side of the Master.
After moving to New York City, Sophie continued to work with Alaïa on a part- time basis, while also freelancing for other fashion labels. In 2007, she launched her own label, Sophie Theallet, which swiftly garnered critical acclaim from the media and prestigious retailers. In 2009, her talent was ultimately recognized by the American fashion industry at its highest level when she won the coveted CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award. In 2012, her innovative designs were again praised and recognized as the US winner of the prestigious Woolmark Prize. She has since collaborated with brands like the Gap, Lancôme, The Limited, Cacique / Lane Bryant …. Designed costumes for choreographer / dancer Blanca Li, worked as a “Couture consultant” for Director Jocelyn Moorhouse on The Dressmaker with Kate Winslet.