Jeremy Scott is an American fashion designer. He was born in 1974 and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. In his early age he rode the Italian “Vogue” between classes and wrote about fashion in French essays. Scott attended the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, for fashion design. After his graduation, the 21-year-old Scott made a pilgrimage to Paris where his collection, made out of paper hospital gowns and inspired by the body-modifying artist Orlan, would go down in fashion folklore. And his first formal runway presentation in October 1997, ‘Rich White Women’, presenting asymmetrically cut trousers and multifunctional T-shirts, would establish Scott as a considerable Paris presence. But controversy clings to the designer like a Pierre Cardin teddy bear brooch – later collections, such as March 1998’s infamous ‘Contrapied’ show, have met with a mixture of incredulity, derision and bemusement, all the while establishing key details of the Scott aesthetic; attention to volume, an obsession with logos (including the best-selling back-to-front Paris print), a hard-edged Mugler-esque glamour and a wicked way with fur.
His collection brought him international fashion recognition, winning the Venus de la Mode Award for “Best Designer of the Year” in both 1996 and 1997. By 1999, Scott was recognized by the CFDA and was nominated for “ Best Young Designer.”
In Autumn 2001, Scott relocated to Los Angeles, a city that has welcomed his über-trash, parodic style with wide-open arms. So much so that in January 2002, Scott achieved one of his long-term ambitions when he appeared as a celebrity contestant on ‘Wheel Of Fortune’ and dressed hostess Vanna White for five night showcase of his glamour gowns and denim wear.
Scott was quickly becoming one to watch in the fashion arena and was nominated by The Face Magazine in 2004 as number 32 of the 100 most powerful people in fashion.
The fact that Jeremy Scott was born in Kansas may explain the Oz-like sense of whimsy in his designs. His farcically-themed shows have taken inspiration from S&M leather culture, mermaids and sea monsters, and even Gilette Venus razors, featuring wild designs incorporating trash bags, dollar bills, and one-legged pants.
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