Dr Anna Cirignaco

HONORARY DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

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Anna is the owner and Managing Director of Eleganza, a highly successful bridal and occasion wear retail business with its flagship store in Glasgow and a national clientele.

Anna attended Glasgow School of Art in 1980 then worked as a cabin crew member for British Airways from 1988 to 1991. In 1992, she and her sister Maria established the Eleganza Sposa brand, which began as a small concession in the Bothwell Bridge Hotel. With its Italian heritage, carefully selected designers, excellent personal service and attention to detail, Eleganza quickly grew to become the leading luxury bridal retailer in Scotland, specialising in a demi-couture made-to-measure service.

As well as introducing many of the leading international bridal brands into Scotland within the past few years, Anna launched her own brands, including Eleganza Iconica, Eleganza Collezioni and Eleganza Piccola. The success of this brand development has been recognised by the leading bridal and fashion press and through various awards, including the Best Business Award at the 2013 Scottish Italian Awards, and the Top Dress Design Awards at the Miss World 2014 contest.

Anna has mentored and launched the careers of young designers across the UK and introduced a very novel and distinctive Italianate style to the bridal industry. For several years, Anna has been involved with the Fashion, Marketing and Retailing subject area in GCU’s School for Business and Society. She has provided valued input to GCU student projects and has assisted student employability including through internships and participation in industry events.

Anna also gives her time and resources to a number of charitable organisations including Breast Cancer Care, Beatson Cancer Charity, Muir Maxwell Trust and Anthony Nolan, for which she has raised funds and publicity.

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