Hussein Chalayan

31 May 2011
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Hussein Chalayan was born in Nicosia, Cyprus. He graduated in 1993 from London’s Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design. His degree collection was immediately bought by Browns, launching him as a significant new fashion force. In 1994 Hussein Chalayan launched his own label. He was named British Designer of the Year in 1999 and in 2000. He 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.  

In 2002, Chalayan moved his internationally lauded fashion show from London to Paris where the Hussein Chalayan collection is shown seasonally. The ready-to-wear collection is regularly featured in top fashion magazines and international press as well as carried in the world’s best boutiques and is favoured by actresses, musicians, artists and tastemakers on and off the stage or red carpet.

Chalayan lectures regularly about his work and has exhibited in museums worldwide including the V&A in London, The Kyoto Costume Institute, The Musée de la Mode-Palais du Louvre in Paris, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and MOMA in New York.  He has directed several short films since 2003. Chalayan represented Turkey in the 2005 Venice Biennale with Absent Presence. In 2005, the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands hosted a retrospective of his work. Critically acclaimed solo exhibitions followed in London at the Design Museum (2009), at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo (2010) and at Istanbul Modern (2010). In 2010 Chalayan opened two exhibitions in London at the Lisson Gallery and Spring Projects.

Throughout the years Chalayan has partnered with artists, musicians, actors and members of the design, art, theatre and fashion fields including Tilda Swinton, Nick Knight, Antony Hegarty from Antony and the Johnsons as well with Scottish Dancer/ Choreographer Michael Clark for the 1998 production current/SEE. In 2010 he also designed costumes for the London Dance Theatre Saddlers Wells Production of ‘In The Spirit of Diaghilev’. He has collaborated with Swarovski on a number of shows including creating a range of motion dresses for his Spring/ Summer 07 collection and in 2006 Chalayan created a rotating collar dress for Runway Rocks. His installation piece for Swarovski titled “Repose” exhibited at the Kunsthalle Mannheim gallery and at the Crystal Palace, Milan.

Hussein Chalayan has been the Creative Director of Asprey and of TSE New York and has designed capsule collections for Topshop, Marks & Spencer and most recently collaborated with J Brand Jeans. In February 2008 he was appointed Creative Director of Puma.

In 2006 Hussein Chalayan was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s list.

Les Arts Décoratifs will show the first large-scale exhibition in Paris on the work of Hussein Chalayan. The exhibit will open on July 7th and run until November 21st, 2011.

For more information, please visit www.husseinchalayan.com