Rick, Vivienne, and Rei

These designer bios were originally developed for a prospective e-commerce site.

RICK OWENS Originally from California, Paris-based Rick Owens is often regarded as the dark prince of high fashion. His creations, emerging from such varied inspirations as Brutalist architecture, goth subculture, his Catholic upbringing, and partner Michele Lamy, have amassed a cult following that more closely resembles a family or tribe than a client base. A point of reference for all those who favor directionality, asymmetric tailoring, and the glamorous grotesque. 

VIVIENNE WESTWOOD Beginning with her designs for famed London boutique Sex, Queen of Punk Vivienne Westwood has built a global fashion empire. Inspired by 1970’s revolutionary youth culture as well as textiles and silhouettes from the 18th century, Westwood is a climate activist and shares her enterprise with husband and designer Andreas Kronthaler. Recent Westwood creations have championed the unisex while continuing to honor her legacy of experimental tailoring and historical references. 

COMME DES GARÇONS Emerging from post-war Japan alongside a youth culture known as the “crows,” the visionary designs of Rei Kawakubo have birthed a fashion venture of unparalled success. Famously referring to herself as a businesswoman instead of an artist, Kawakubo has also supported the growth of protégés such as Junya Watanabe and created the innovative retail project Dover Street Market. Though often described as distressed and dissident, many of Comme’s creations are also charming and playful.  

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