Born in Hong Kong and of Chinese and Portuguese descent, John Rocha moved to London in the 1970s to study fashion. The choice of Irish linen for his graduate collection inspired his move to Dublin in the 1980s where he has lived for the past 30 years, working closely with his wife and business partner Odette.
Creating a relaxed and contemporary collection through a mixture of beautiful textures, luxurious materials and exquisite embellishment, John Rocha offers an easy approach to designer styling with a unique and distinctive twist for the wardrobe or home.
In 1994, John was awarded the prestigious title of British Designer of the Year; and in 1997, the John Rocha at Waterford Crystal collection was launched. This range can be found on the Debenhams website and in store.
In February 2002, in recognition of his long-standing contribution to the fashion industry, John Rocha received a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) award from Her Majesty the Queen.
Autumn/Winter 2000 saw the launch of Rocha.John Rocha, with the initial collections ranging over five departments for Debenhams. These consisted of Menswear, Womenswear, Childrenswear, Accessories and Home. The Rocha.John Rocha collections have gone from strength to strength and continue to develop and grow through the seasons.
60 Seconds with John Rocha
Style is about...being true to yourself.
My personal style is...relaxed and a little quirky.
My collection is...filled with pattern and texture.
I'm inspired by...my travels, everywhere from China to Iceland.
My must-have item is...a beautiful print dress.
A woman looks great when...she feels wonderful in herself.
A man should always...have a sense of humour.
My most treasured possession is...my very first fly fishing rod.
If I weren't working in fashion...I'd love to have been a footballer.
My top tip is...be true to yourself.
Rocha.John Rocha is available at Debenhams Shangri-La Plaza, Rustan’s Makati, Trinoma and Abreeza.
Click on the photo gallery to view a sampling of Rocha.John Rocha at Debenhams.
Photography by Yayay De Castro
Styling by Nikki Santiago
Model: Irina of Elite Model Management
Makeup by Claire Diokno of Shu Uemura
Hair styling by Ricky Diokno of Kiehl's Stylist Series