About Me

Willy van Rooy, was born in The Hague, Holland, where she attended the Academy of Fine Arts Fashion department ( in Rotterdam). She was a topmodel in London, Paris and NY before she started designing accessories for Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld. It was also in Paris that she designed and produced her famous  Tunique Unique which was sold all over the world and worn by many celebrities. In the 80-ties she moved to Spain where she designed and produced her own Shoe-line WILLY VAN ROOY for 10 years with great success and worn by many artists like Cher, the Pointer sisters, Madonna and many other wonderful women. In the 90-ties she lived in Los Angeles where for 2 years she was the private designer for Paula Abdul and made a jewelry collection, In 1997 she returned to Holland after an absence for more then 30 years and designed one of a kind accessories. She now lives in Oregon, USA, where she is making jewelry for sale on internet at ETSY. She had an exhibition of all her work in Madrid, Spain, and is in many books: a.o. La Dictionaire the la Mode (France) books on YSL, Helmut newton, Karl Lagerfeld and MY LOVE IN CLOSE-UP by her husband for 40 years, painter Salvador Maron. Apart from english she is fluent in French, Spanish and Dutch, can draw, sew, paint, photograph and work the Photoshop if you like to know more…

.MY BIO by WILLY VAN ROOY in Biographies & Memoirs


Alejandro and me in an other Blog” the Satorialist”

46 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi there! I know this is kinda off topic but I’d figured I’d ask. Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest writing a blog article or vice-versa? My blog discusses a lot of the same topics as yours and I feel we could greatly benefit from each other. If you happen to be interested feel free to shoot me an email. I look forward to hearing from you! Great blog by the way!

  2. willy! we have not met. i have not had that privilege or that of meeting your children. i knew dashaun when he was a teenager. we were simply friends. but from that friendship, i have had the pure pleasure of being introduced (via the internet) to you, your husband and both of your children. YOU ARE ALL AMAZING! such beauty, such art, such amazing lives. thank you for sharing. thank you for reading my writing and leaving me encouraging comments. i feel blessed and humbled. brava!
    Tanisha recently posted..the house that keeps on giving

  3. Hi Willy, I noticed on your blog ur based in Oregan now. How funny, I’m based in Seattle, WA. Alot of former top fashion models I worked with during the day also reside here in the pacific northwest. I guess after traveling around the globe from Europe to NY, we enjoy the peaceful, slower paced relaxing beauty of this area. =) I have so enjoyed our exchange on your blog and fb and would also like to invite you to my personal fb page if you like. You can find me on there under Cathy McNew Metschar. I hope to keep in touch!! xo Cat

    • Hi Peter, nee, message niet gekregen. Your mother the daughter of my uncle? From ome Joop? Ja dat moet wel, heel leuk en nee jammer genoeg… mischien kun je het nog een keer sturen? Are you on Facebook? you can find me there, many greeting for you and of course your mom, my niece? Love and Peace

      • Hi Willy,
        I did send you the massage through LinkedIn.
        Ja, het moet ome Joop (Johan van der Splinter) zijn. Jouw nicht, zijn dochter/mijn moeder, is Willy van der Splinter. Zij herinnert jou en je zusters Nellie en Lisa nog heel goed wanneer ze op bezoek was bij oma, begin jaren veertig. Ze doet jullie dus de groeten en hoopt dat alles goed gaat.
        And yes, I am on Facebook, and also one of you likes, maar dit bericht vond ik teveel prive om op FB te zetten.
        Love & Peace to you as well, en vele groeten!
        Peter

  4. Hi Willy.
    I was sorting through photographs the other day and came across one I had taken of you in my Chelsea Studio when you first arrived. It was simply a ‘test’ shot and perhaps the first photograph taken of you in London. It’s very beautiful and thought you might like to have it. Send me an email address and I will send.
    I’m delighted to see – only recently – of your great success in the fashion world since those charming days of the 60s and 70s.
    I remain in good health and have daughters and grandchildren. I now have many friends in Holland and spend much time there.
    Groetjes.
    Malcolm.

  5. willy van rooy je mai y tend drai goed morgan
    im trying to see if you know if cathy has any friends

    that might be interested in a daltonico colour blind man as myself
    i worked with cathy a long long time ago and were still young
    we dont get old we are from a race of atlantis and dutchy i lived in australia
    and went to the royal mines let me know if you want to get connected

    im a dutch family jansoonz lauren coster
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    simoncoster2012@yahoo.com 07749 860 954

  6. Hi Willy , How are you? My name is Patricio Bingahi, I’m from Madrid and I have followed your work and i really love it

    The reason I’m writing to you is because I’m working on a project that It’s called Atelier des Jeunes.

    Atelier des Jeunes is a online platform for the selling of work of arts in series of 30 Spanish artists under 30 year old.

    The idea of the project it’s to help and promote emerging artists.

    The procedure will be the following:

    Each artist will elaborate 5 works of art, each work will be review by a jury. To name a few, the jury will be composed by Juan Gatti (I have been working with him for 10 years), Rafael Doctor (former director of MUSAC), Luis Venegas, (editor of Candy , Fanzine 137 magazines).

    The jury will select 2 works of art from all the ones presented, and those selected will be reproduce in 25 copies, each of them so as to sell.
    All the works of art are going to cost 150 €, which 50 € for the artist, 50 € goes to the company and 50 euros for VAT and print cost.

    In the website we will have a section called Special Guest (Established Artists) , where an artist ( with no age limit and from different nationalities) will have two master pieces which will also be reproduces in 25 copies each and will be sell for 150 euros. Nathalie du Pasquier and Michael Willis are the both artists that said OK to the project.
    I know that for an artist like you, the money it’s not suitable, but artists are taking this as a project they want to be part of, so as to show there support for the new generation.

    Every two month we will be changing the guest in this section. I would be pleased to have you participating in our Special Guest section.

    I hope you find interesting the project, because I‘ll be thrill to have you.
    The site will be able on October.

    Kind Regards,

    Patricio.

  7. Dear Willy,
    My name is Nuria from Barcelona.

    I am dedicated to the decoration and vintage. I am a follower of his, I would like to send a photo of one of his sandals design. They are a jewel, though I no longer fit, but are very nice.
    Best regards,
    Nuria

  8. Hoi willy, ik ben journalist van het tijdschrift LINDA. onze volgende modespeciaal heeft als thema ‘de vrolijke jaren 70’ en in dit nummer willen we vier nederlandse modellen interviewen en fotograferen die hot waren in die tijd. we zouden het geweldig vinden als jij ook mee zou willen doen. kun je me laten weten of je hiervoor open staat?
    ik hoor het graag.
    groetjes
    karin kuijpers
    +31630396239

    • Dear Michael, just read your message now and sorry to say I don’t know how to reach Eija, I know she lives in Stockholm… but thats all I know. What a wonderful poster, she drew all that circles? Amazing. Stay good, love and peace

    • Hi Guillermo, thank you for your message, ha ha a book would be nice .. how to get that done is the question. I don’t know anyone at Taschen but that would be the one if ever… stay good and thanks, love and peace

  9. Hello Willy, Hello Uri,

    I hope this message finds you well.

    I I am writing you about the photography book that I am making about Ibiza.

    It will be an iconic photography book, with big iconic pictures.

    For the book I am making a selection of people that have style, vision and preferably a nice home too.

    Creative, charismatic, stylish and inspiring people, Ibiza has so many of them..
    I saw some truly amazing and iconic pictures of your time in ibiza and hope that I can publish some of them in the book.
    The publisher is http://www.assouline.com, a French publisher that is based in New York and specialised in luxury photography books on fashion, style, architecture, and interior.

    Could you maybe send me your email adress so that I can send you the concept of the book?
    Thank you for having a look and I am looking forward to hear your thoughts.

    With my kind regards,

    Renu Kashyap

  10. Hello Willy,

    I hope this message finds you well.

    I I am writing you about the photography book that I am making about Ibiza.

    It will be an iconic photography book, with big iconic pictures.

    For the book I am making a selection of people that have style, vision and preferably a nice home too.

    Creative, charismatic, stylish and inspiring people, Ibiza has so many of them..
    I saw some truly amazing and iconic pictures of your time in ibiza and hope that I can publish some of them in the book.
    The publisher is http://www.assouline.com, a French publisher that is based in New York and specialised in luxury photography books on fashion, style, architecture, and interior.

    Could you maybe send me your email adress so that I can send you the concept of the book?
    Thank you for having a look and I am looking forward to hear your thoughts.

    With my kind regards,

    Renu Kashyap
    Renu Kashyap recently posted..GLAMOUR

  11. Dear Willy,

    ournaliste pour la chaine de télé française France2 et l’émission Un Jour Un Destin présenté par Laurent Delahousse. Nous préparons actuellement le portrait de Karl Lagerfeld.
    Et nous aimerions beaucoup pouvoir vous interviewer pour ce documentaire, discuter de cette époque.
    Est ce que vous vivez à Paris ?
    Peut être pourrions-nous d’abord discuter par téléphone.
    Je vous laisse mon numéro : +33 (0)1 747 108 34 // +33 (0)6 03 37 20 80.
    Bien à vous,
    Floriane Gillette

  12. Hi Willy

    I hope this finds you well?

    You may be familiar with our website as you have followed some of posts on Instagram where we have posted some of your beautiful Ibiza images. You are a true Ibiza icon and we would love to write a feature on you on our online magazine in our Icons section.

    If you would be interested our editor Leena would get in touch with you.

    I hope to hear from you soon!

    Kind regards

    Alix

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