Born in 1966 in Belgium, Jean-Paul Knott didn’t hang out with the The Six d’ Anvers but grew up in New York. In 1988, he moved back to Europe and started working for Yves Saint Laurent. After having proved himself as a great designer, he became the designer of YSL Rive Gauche and assisted the designer Yves Saint Laurent himself for the Haute Couture collections.
Jean-Paul Knott created his own brand in 2000, proposing basic chic pieces with light shapes and precise volumes. The press enjoyed the modern and pure essence of his style.
In 2001 he was named artistic director for Krizia. In 2002 he designed costumes for Maurice Bejard Ballet and in 2003 he started working as the creative director for Louis Féraud Paris. 2004 and 2005 were dedicated to strengthening the concept by adding a line of underwear with DIM, designing rooms for the Royal Windsor Hotel in Brussels and developing accessories lines. In 2006 Jean-Paul Knott launched his first concept gallery, in the heart of Brussels, dedicated to clothes, fashion and art.
In 2007, the Belgian designer became the artistic director of the brand Cerruti 1881 of the Italian fashion house, before becoming the following year the artistic director of their lines with one ambition: that of making the man and the woman of Cerruti live again.