Having worked with so many women, I understand the emotion behind getting dressed.
— Andrea Lieberman
Women, community and a pioneer spirit have been the driving force of Andrea Lieberman’s 20-year career. A stylist-turned-fashion designer, Lieberman has always played by her own rules. Born and raised in New York City, she was intrigued by personal style from an early age, and spent her youth balancing fashion internships – including a stint with the late, respected designer Giorgio di Sant’Angelo – with formal training at Parsons School of Design. A traveler at heart, Lieberman spent time in London and Paris before exploring Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda for two years. Inspired by the work of local African women, she began collaborating with them, eventually selling their jewelry in her New York concept store, Culture & Reality, which opened in the mid-90s. In 1997, Lieberman pioneered celebrity styling when it was still a relatively new concept, dressing musicians including Sean Combs and Jennifer Lopez. Her groundbreaking styling of Lopez at the Grammy Awards in 2000 (the watershed “Green Dress” moment) would later be cited by Google's Eric Schmidt as the inspiration behind Google Image Search. For over 10 years, Lieberman worked as a highly sought-after stylist and collaborator with women including Gwen Stefani, Mary J. Blige, Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore. Always seeking the next challenge, Lieberman moved to Los Angeles in 2009 to launch A.L.C.