Originally from Southern California, fashion designer Rick Owens started his label in the early nineties after dropping out of art school. His first own label catwalk show was held at New York Fashion Week in 2001 and was sponsored by Vogue. Owens gained the CFDA New talent award in 2002.
Owens become artistic director of French furriers Revillon in Paris in 2003. He cemented his reputation as a designer in Paris and introduced a furniture collection, incorporating materials such as raw plywood, antlers, cashmere and marble into his designs. Drawing on his experience at Revillon, Owens introduced a collection exclusively dedicated to fur, Palais Royal. It was named after his Paris boutique. In addition, Owens has RickOwensLilies, a line devoted to his signature silk viscose jerseys and denim line DRKSHDW.
Owens has received numerous awards over the past few years. He most notably won the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Fashion Design and the Rule Breakers Award from Fashion Group International in 2007. The same year also saw the release of his photo book, L'ai - Je Bien Descendu?.