Misha Nonoo Biography
Misha Nonoo is the British-Bahraini fashion designer best known for her self-titled line of women’s ready-to-wear. She introduced Meghan and Harry and had her own star-studded wedding befitting of a royal in Rome.
Misha Nonoo Education
She attended ACS Cobham school and Guildford High School in Surrey where she earned her Diploma in General Education. During high school, she worked as a fashion model represented by Nevs agency. In 2009, she moved to New York City and worked in menswear for a tailoring company.
Misha Nonoo Career
Nonoo is a fashion designer based in the United States. She was the first designer to use social media as a venue for fashion shows, exclusively debuting her Spring/Summer 2016 collection on Instagram and her Fall 2016 collection on Snapchat. Nonoo also adopted the direct-to-consumer model increasing transparency, lowering prices, and promoting sustainability by reducing waste. Her multicultural upbringing exposed her to a diverse collection of references, showcasing a unique outlook for the modern, multifaceted woman through the development of a ‘capsule wardrobe’ in her work.
She was personally chosen by Duchess Meghan to feature in her Smart Works capsule clothing collection. Prior she was the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle was already an established fashion girl. She attended events hosted by Miu Miu, sitting front row at Tory Burch, and befriending designers like Wes Gordon and Misha Nonoo. Since then, she has built relationships with a number of different fashion houses. She played a pretty significant role in Markle and Prince Harry’s public courtship: Markle wore the brand’s “Husband Shirt” for her first official outing with the royal, to the 2017 Invictus Games.
In 2011, she launched her own fashion label. She also designed and made women’s jackets in her time after work while working for a tailoring company in Manhattan. A chain of designer fashion boutiques, a senior buyer from Intermix, wearing one of her own designs, and received a purchase order of $150,000 for her first collection spotted Nonoo at Prune restaurant. In addition to that, she received media attention for producing an “insta-show” via Instagram in 2015.
She produced a fashion show exclusively on Instagram for her spring collection during New York Fashion Week as the first designer. Furthermore, she had released seasonal collections and begun manufacturing all products on-demand claiming this reduced waste and lowered costs for her customers by September 2017. Nonoo cooperated with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on a clothing collection for the women’s charity group Smart Works, along with retailers Spencer, Marks, Jigsaw, and John Lewis in 2019 to bring up something big.
Misha Nonoo Age
Nonoo is 38 years old as of 2023. She was born in 1985, in Bahrain. Nonoo likes to keep her personal life private hence has not yet disclosed the month she was born. It is therefore not known when she celebrates her birthday.
Misha Nonoo Height
Nonoo stands at an approximate height of 5 feet 6 inches.
Misha Nonoo Family
Nonoo was born in Bahrain to an Iraqi father of Jewish descent and an English mother. She has raised in London where her family moved when she was 11. Her cousin Houda Nonoo was the Kingdom of Bahrain’s ambassador to the US.
Misha Nonoo Husband
Nonoo is married to her better half Michael Hess. Michael is an entrepreneur who used to work in finance and whose grandfather founded the Hess Oil and Chemical Corporation. Nonoo and Hess are proud parents of their two children, a boy Leo and a daughter. The couple made their first public appearance at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in May 2018.
February being the month of love, most women will expect their partners to pop the question on Valentine’s Day to celebrate the day. Nonoo was the lucky woman, her fiance decided to propose to her during their Valentine’s Day getaway in Cabo San Lucas. She became engaged to Michael Hess, an heir to the Hess Oil fortune. On September 20, 2019, the two married in a ceremony at Villa Aurelia, Rome. The reception was held at Cinecittà Film Studios. Numerous royal and celebrity guests attended the wedding including, Prince Harry with his wife Meghan, Dasha Zhukova, Ivanka Trump, daughter of the then President of the United States, Wendi Murdoch, Orlando Bloom, as well as Katy Perry.
Former Beatles members Sir Paul McCartney and Jason Derulo performed at the wedding. Nonoo is a close friend of Meghan Markle and has been named as one of the people that could have possibly introduced her to Prince Harry. She was previously married to Alexander Gilkes. She married Gilkes in Venice, Italy in May 2012 with Lana Del Rey performing at the wedding. They were together from 2012 to 2017.
Misha Nonoo Net Worth
Nonoo has an estimated net worth ranging between $1 Million – $5 Million which she has earned from her successful career as a fashion designer.
Misha Nonoo; Meghan Markle
She has gained more exposure through Meghan Markle. Having a friend in the palace is one thing but having that person help your business to grow is another thing. She recognizes Meghan for helping her gain exposure since Meghan has been spotted in public wearing Misha’s designs. Women were eager to learn who the designer was after Meghan wore the Husband Shirt during the September 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto. Although the shirt goes for $185, according to Cheatsheet, the Meghan effect went into motion. Nonoo said the exposure was incredible and described the move as a beautiful surprise.
In 2013, she was a finalist in Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund. She was named to the Forbes’ 30 Under 30 In Art & Style list as well as Crain’s New York Business’ 40 under 40 in 2015.