The comapany Geoffrey Beene, part of the Elizabeth Arden group, was founded in 1963 by Geoffrey Beene. Beene was born in the Haynesville in Louisiana, USA, in 1924.
Beene's first career choice was to become a doctor and so he started to study medicine at New Orleans' Tulane University. When he realized that he wanted to be a fashion designer he left university in 1946 and moved to New York the following year. He took up fashion design at a local college and, after finishing his studies successfully, he went on to work for several fashion houses in New York and in Paris, France.