Jean-Paul Knott is a successful Belgian fashion designer. After completing a degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York in 1988, he began a design placement with Yves Saint Laurent in Paris, eventually designing for Yves Saint Laurent's 'Rive Gauche' Collection, and assisting Saint Laurent himself on Haute Couture. Knott began his own ready to wear label 'JEANPAULKNOTT' in Brussels in 1999, and his first collections were viewed in January and October 2000 to great acclaim. The first presentation was accompanied by an exhibition at the 'Et/Off' gallery presenting three photographers interpretations of Knott's collection. During his second presentation at the Petit Palais in October, the collection was shown with an installation by Karel Balas. These early collections and presentations gained him enough critical and commercial success to enable him to sell his collections at various locations worldwide. In March 2001 Knott hosted his first catwalk in the 'Carrousel du Louvre' at the invitation of the influential Parisian 'Chambre Syndicale' of Couture and Ready to Wear. He became Artistic Director of 'Krizia', and collaborated with Maurice Bejart in designing costumes for his first ballet 'Lumiere'. In late 2001 Knott set up his own studio and show room in Paris, and in 2002 he was appointed Creative Director of the 'PAP' line of luxury brand Louis Feraud. Knott has extended his creative talents to include consulting for hotel interior and homewares, and has shown in various locations globally, including Shanghai, Japan, Antwerp, New York, and Shenzen, China.