• Olivier Theyskens was born in 1977 in Belgia as the son of a chemical engineer and a French homemaker.
  • In 1995, he attended the École Nationale Supérieure 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.
  • Designed stage customes for Théâtre de la Monnaie
  • Theyskens was brought to public attention when one of his dresses was worn by Madonna to the 1998 Academy Awards.
  • Theyskins first signature collection for Fall 2001, was a great success.
  • Rochas selected Olivier Theyskens as its creative director in 2002.
  • In March 2003, Theyskens presented his first collection for the House of Rochas, to critical acclaim. He created an "entirely new silhouette for the house" that was French-influenced and elegant.

    As of 2007, Theyskens has shown 3 collections for the House of Rochas, all of which were received with acclaim.

  • In 2006, the Council of Fashion Designers of America awarded Theyskens the International Award.
  • On November 1, 2006 Theyskens became artistic director at Nina Ricci, and his first line debuted in March 2007.
  • In 2010 launched his own Theyskens' Theory line along with Andrew Rosen.
  • In November 2010, he became the head designer for Theyskens' Theory.

The Look

First collections used to be labeled “gothic extravaganzas”, then after he developed “a more casual level of dressing”.

Who Wears It

Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Aniston,Kirsten Dunst, Kate Bosworth, Jennifer Lopez, Rachel Weisz, Sarah Jessica Parker (While working for Rochas)

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