Allegra Hicks for Groundworks

allegra hicks was born in Turin, Italy and grew up in a glass house designed by her father, inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. She studied Design in Milan and Fine Art in Brussels before moving to New York where she worked for a contemporary art gallery and as an assistant to the artist David Baechler. She later moved to London to begin a career designing frescoes and married architect and furniture designer Ashley Hicks.

Allegra soon began designing textiles with various carpet and fabric collections that were exhibited at design shows and distributed throughout Europe and the US.

After becoming an established name in the world of interiors, Allegra, who was nominated as one of the "10 best dressed women in the world" for her incredible sense of style, moved into fashion design. In 1998, she launched a collection of kaftans and fashion accessories and today designs ready-to-wear, lounge & cruise wear and accessories collections, utilizing all her own fabrics – as well as bed, bath, table and housewares, rugs, cushions and other interior textiles.

Her unique elegance and style has been featured in all the top fashion and lifestyle magazines around the world. Allegra wrote a book with her husband, entitled "Design Alchemy," with a forward by Jeremy Irons.