Hussein Chalayan was born in Nicosia, Cyprus and graduated in 1993 from London’s Central St Martins School of Art and Design. His degree collection was bought by British iconic boutique Browns. In 1994 Chalayan started his own label and was named British Designer of the Year in 1999 and in 2000. In 2002, Chalayan moved his internationally lauded fashion show from London to Paris. The Chalayan collections are known for innovative design, beautiful tailoring and draping and an elegant minimalist aesthetic. The ready-to-wear collection is regularly featured in top fashion magazines and international press and is carried in the world’s best boutiques. In 2012, Chalayan launched a sister collection called 'Chalayan Grey Line' at London Fashion Week. It sits alongside his Chalayan Black Line Paris runway collection.