Hussein Chalayan is known as fashion’s storyteller, his multi disciplinary approach bridging the gap between design, art and technology. From his future-gazing garments that live outside trends to his thought provoking and utterly unique pieces, Chalayan continues to offer the discerning consumer iconic collections.
His collections are known for innovative design, impeccable tailoring, drapery and an elegant minimalist aesthetic playing with the narratives constructed around culture and anthropology. He uses techniques that reference past skills and crafts combined with current technology whilst exploring shapes and details that critique fragmentations and dislocations in contemporary environments. Chalayan designs, promotes and sells Women's ready-to-wear, Pre and Show Collection, and Menswear.
Designer Background & Notable Industry Recognition:
In 1970 Hussein Chalayan was born in Cyprus’s capital, Nicosia. Chalayan studied at London’s Central Saint Martins school of art and design graduating in 1993 with his debut collection being purchased by iconic British retailer Browns. In 1994 Chalayan started his own label and his designs have influenced the face of fashion and art ever since. Throughout his career Chalayan has received global industry recognition. Chalayan was nominated in 1995 for the Lloyds designer of the year award and was the winner of the first absolute creation award. The 2 consecutive years that followed he was nominated for the Lloyds designer of the year award. In 1998 Chalayan was nominated for the Avant Garde designer at the VH1 fashion awards following this in 1999 and 2000 he won the Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards. This same year Vogue included Chalayan in a group of 12 designers set to change the face of fashion in the coming decade calling him the “premier intellectual designer of his generation”. In 2000 Chalayan was also named in Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential innovators of the 21st century and later was named by the magazine as one of 100 all-time Fashion Icons.
In 2002, Chalayan moved his internationally lauded fashion show from London to Paris where the collection is shown seasonally.
In 2006 Hussein Chalayan was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s list and Vogue declared his spring show the following year, in which metal animatronic dresses rapidly morphed through more than a century of silhouettes, a moment of pure magic. Chalayan was then awarded the Design Star Honoree by The Fashion Group International at their annual Night of Stars Gala, New York.
In 2009 the brand was nominated for the Prince Phillip Design Award and Chalayan was presented Outstanding Lifetime achievement award given from the FX International Interior Design awards.
The label was rebranded as Chalayan in 2010. During the following years Chalayan won the lucky strike designer award, the fashion visionary award in occasion of the Audi fashion festival and the royal designer for industry from the RSA.
Finally in 2014 The Business of Fashion also declares Chalayan as one of top 500 influencers in the Fashion Industry.