Olivier Theyskens has made his mark as an artistic director at Nina Ricci and Rochas. Riding the wave of success. Olivier Theyskens now designs for celebrities that include Madonna, Melissa auf der Mauer of the Smashing Pumpkins, Jennifer Aniston or Nicole Kidman. In 2010 he joined collaboration with New York-based label Theory to form Theyskens. The Belgian-born Parisian has injected his ubiquitous chic into everything from classic sharp tailored shirts and blazers to perfectly cut jeans.
He was born in Brussels on 4 January 1977 to a Belgian father and French mother. When he was young, Theyskens desperately wanted to be a girl, and was tormented by the fact that girls "got to be princesses and wear skirts." As a child, Theyskens' parents encouraged him to draw men and women in costumes and were not surprised when at the age of 7 years old, he proclaimed he wanted to "do haute couture". In October 1995, aged 18, Olivier Theyskens began attending the prestigious École Nationale Superieure des Arts Visuels de la Cambre to study fashion design, but dropped out in 1997 to start his own label. His first collections were often referred to as "gothic extravaganzas" and were created from bed sheets that his grandmother gave to him. Without sufficient financial support, he was forced to close his label. Despite this, sales of his line were surprisingly strong and as his friend Laetitia Crahay, Chanel's assistant costume jewelry designer, says, "I never worry for Olivier, because I think he's a winner.
Theyskens was brought to public attention when one of his dresses was worn by Madonna to the 1998 Academy Awards. In March 2003, he presents his first collection for Maison Rochas. In these fresh, delicate creations, he plays on themes and codes invented by Marcel Rochas chantilly lace, pink, the distinction of evening gowns, the sober elegance of tailored suits and adds his own modern touch with new volumes.
In 2006 Theyskens became artistic director at Nina Ricci, and his first line debuted in March 2007. Theyskens first show for the House of Nina Ricci established him as being somewhat wiser in a business perspective.He also takes part in numerous artistic events along the lines of the Belgian Fashion Designers exhibition at the Fashion Institute of Technology museum in New York. http://www.stylert.com/