Hussein Chalayan was born in Nicosia, Cyprus and was graduated in 1993 from London's Central St Martins School of Art and Design. His degree collection was bought by British iconic boutique Browns, launching him as a significant new fashion force. In 1994 Hussein Chalayan started his own label. He was named British Designer of the Year in 1999 and in 2000.
In his art and fashion work, Chalayan uses film, installations and sculptural forms to explore perception and the realities of modern life, with particular interest in cultural identity, migration, anthropology, technology, nature and genetics. Celebrated for innovation and the ability to push boundaries through seasonal fashion shows and museum exhibitions, Chalayan has been the recipient of numerous awards and his work has been exhibited internationally at institutions including Les Arts Decoratifs, Paris (2011); Lisson Gallery, London (2011); Istanbul Modern (2010); Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2010); Design Museum, London (2009); and the Musée de la Mode, Palais du Louvre, Paris (1999).