Christian Blanken is a UK based designer who was born in the Netherlands and grew up in the Far East and later the UK.
He graduated in 1990 with an MA (Honours) in Fashion Design from Central Saint Martins School of Art, having initially studied Art and Art History together with Fashion Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Arnhem, The Netherlands.
After six years of honing his skills working in New York with a number of US based global brands, Christian returned to the UK in 1998 and has since worked with some of the most iconic and successful names in UK, Italian and European fashion. He has previously designed for Michael Kors, Diane Von Furstenberg, Harvey Nichols Private Label and the MaxMara Fashion Group. He is well regarded within the industry, not only for his creative skills, but his commercial instincts also.
In partnership with one of Europe’s largest clothing manufacturers, Christian re-established his own label for Fall/Winter 2008 with complete Mens and Womens collections.
Unstructured and chic, spring through Blanken's eyes is one of ultimate femininity. Rather than working with specific themes and inspirations, he concentrates season on season on "mixing up the ingredients" of good shapes, pattern and gorgeous fabrics to create something beautiful.