Hussein Chalayan : From fashion and back
Hussein Chalayan
From fashion and back
Ashley Woodfield, February 23, 2009
Hussein Chalayan/Genometrics Autumn-Winter 2005_Luke Hayes
Hussein Chalayan/Genometrics Autumn-Winter 2005_Luke Hayes

Hussein Chalayan was born (1970) in Nicosia, Cyprus. At the age of 12, he came to England to study and later graduated from Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design, London in 1993. His highly inventive graduate collection, The Tangent Flows was bought in full by the London retailer, Browns. Chalayan set up his own label in 1994 and his debut collection was shown at London Fashion Week in 1995 and won critical acclaim. He participated in numerous exhibitions worldwide including Radical Fashion at the V&A, London (1997), Fashion at the Kyoto Costume Institute in Japan (1999), Airmail Clothing at the Musee de la Mode, Paris (1999), Century City at Tate Modern (2001), Godess: The Classical Mode at Moma, New York (2003) and Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture at Somerset House, London (2008). His first solo exhibition took place at the Groninger Museum, The Netherlands in 2005. In the same year, he represented Turkey at the 51st Art Biennale in Venice. He now sells internationally and shows bi-annually in Paris.

Hussein Chalayan/Before Minus Now (Spring-Summer 2000)_Luke Hayes
Hussein Chalayan/Before Minus Now (Spring-Summer 2000)_Luke Hayes
He has succeeded in working simultaneously in a commercial and conceptual vein, designing costumes for opera and dance performances and developing his ideas in film and installation work as well as in the fashion industry. He has routinely collaborated across disciplines with industrial designers, musicians, jewellers and textile designers. In 2006 Chalayan was awarded an MBE for services to the fashion industry. Hussein Chalayan won a prestigious Brit Insurance Designs of the Year Award 2008 for his Airborne, Autumn/Winter collection. Fully established at the forefront of contemporary fashion design, the twice named “British Designer of the Year,” Hussein Chalayan, the Creative Director of Sport Fashion for PUMA, is renowned for his innovative use of materials, meticulous pattern cutting and progressive attitudes to new technology.

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