Bold, dynamic and sexy define Margo Manhattan and her namesake line of jewelry. “I was born during intermission,” the celebrity designer, who is the daughter of New York City Prima Ballerina Karin Von Aroldingen and god-daughter of world-renowned Ballet Master George Balanchine, is fond of saying. Her work has adorned many celebrities, from Selena Gomez to Beyoncé, who cleared out Margo’s Upper East Side boutique, to style music videos for her self-titled album, ‘Beyoncé’.
Margo fell in love with precious metals and stones at a young age, creating jewelry using the Byzantine method. After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, she honed her knowledge of jewelry design in Paris at the Studio Bercot. Immersing herself in the fashion industry, she landed jobs with Karl Lagerfeld, Patrick Kelly, and noted fashion photographer Arthur Elgort. Her career was formally launched, when famed fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier discovered her jewelry during a photoshoot – and Paris Vogue then featured her work prominently in its pages.
Combining her love of jewelry with another great passion – philanthropy – Margo has created several notable, ground-breaking designs for causes close to her heart. The first, a pin designed to celebrate the inception of Earth Day in 1990, led to the design of the original Red Ribbon lapel pin for AIDS awareness in 1991, solidifying her reputation as a visionary, socially-conscious designer. She was then tapped by Esteé Lauder’s Breast Cancer Research Foundation, to create the Pink Ribbon for Breast Cancer Awareness. All of these iconic designs have gone on to become recognized, powerful symbols worldwide.
Her passion and inventiveness, as well as her philosophy of “living in the moment” come through eloquently in every aspect of her designs - from conception to execution, her work is made with love – and it’s abundantly clear that she loves what she does.
These days you can catch Margo on TV and online. Margo has a new collection exclusively for HSN that embodies her edgy, bold, Rock n' Roll Chic signature. Although her Madison Avenue boutique has closed, the spirit of her store lives on at her website, where the perfect piece is waiting for you.