Hussein Chalayan is known as a fashion’s storyteller, playing with narratives constructed around cultural identities and anthropology.
His multidisciplinary approach bridges the gap between performance, art and technology; his ideas evolve around perception as well as realities of modern life. Chalayan continues to offer the discerning client iconic collections featuring an innovative design, impeccable tailoring, elegant drapery and a minimalist aesthetic.
Combining a Made in Italy craftsmanship with current techniques, Hussein Chalayan explores shapes and details. The Chalayan name is synonymous for cutting edge design and innovation, not only within the fashion industry, but also with some of the most ubiquitous celebrities and tastemakers in the world.
Celebrity followers of the house of Chalayan include Marion Cotillard, Tilda Swinton, Cate Blanchett, Katy Perry, Cameron Diaz, Olivia Palermo, Roisin Murphy, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Eva Longoria, Bjork, Lady Gaga and many others.
2015: Creative Director of Vionnet first line
2014: Leather Collection for VSP
2013: Capsule collection for MAVI JEANS
2009: Capsule collection for J BRAND
2007: Capsule collection for SWAROVSKI
2008: Creative Director of Puma
Since 2003 Chalayan has used various medias to present some of his collections and directed art films as well as installations.
Chalayan took part in important exhibitions such as at the Victoria and Albert Museum London, The Kyoto Costume Institute, The Palais du Louvre Paris, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and MOMA in New York.
Hussein Chalayan is one of the few designers who has had critically acclaimed solo museum shows: Musee des Arts Decoratifs Paris, Contemporary Art Museum Tokyo, Modern Museum Istanbul and Design Museum, London.
Designer & Brand Key Events:
March 2017: Launch of stand alone ‘Chalayan Denim line’ in collaboration with Tomorrow showroom
March 2017: Chalayan moves Womenswear fashion show back to London after 15 years
January 2017: First Menswear show during London Fashion Week Mens FW17 2016 - SS17 Show wearable devices, made in collaboration with Intel, are showcased in the ‘Fear and Love’ exhibition at Design Museum in London until April 2017
2016: Hussein Chalayan is appointed Costume Designer of Mozart’s opera ‘The Abduction of the Seraglio’ directed by Rodrigo Garcia and performed by the Deutsche Oper in Berlin
2016: Chalayan creations are featured in the ‘Manus X Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology’ exhibition at the MET in New-York alongside Dior and Alexander McQueen among others
2015: Hussein Chalayan is appointed Creative Director of VIONNET Ready-to-Wear Collection
2015: Hussein Chalayan directs his own dance performance ‘Gravity Fatigue’ at the Sadlers Wells Theatre in London 2015 - Official opening of the Chalayan Flagship store during London Fashion Week
2015: Speaker at the ‘Truth or Dare’ titled TED Conference, Vancouver
2014: The Business of Fashion declares Chalayan as one of top 500 influencers in fashion 2012 - Chalayan is named as one of 100 all time Fashion Icons by Time Magazine
2011: Airborne, the first Chalayan fragrance produced by Comme des Garçons 2010 - The label is rebranded to CHALAYAN
2002: Chalayan moves his internationally lauded fashion show from London to Paris
2000: Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards
2000: Vogue calls him the “premier intellectual designer of his generation”
2000: Named as one of Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential innovators of the century
1999: Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards
1994: Chalayan launches his own label HUSSEIN CHALAYAN
1993: Graduates from Central Saint Martins in London, Chalayan’s debut collection is purchased by the iconic British retailer Browns