Danish designer Peter Jensen was educated at Central Saint Martins in the late nineties. He started his career in 2000 with a menswear show at Paris Fashion Week and used his background in tailoring and embroidery to swiftly move into womenswear as well. In each of his collections, Jensen references famous or infamous women whose style, spirit and attitude embody a certain theme. His muses have ranged from identity-teasing US artist Cindy Sherman to make-up stalwart Helena Rubinstein. To date, Jensen has collaborated with brands such as Topshop, Topman, Fred Perry, Ebonyivory, Weekday, Fable, Buddahood, Kickers and b store.
In 2008, Jensen produced a collection for London’s Dover Street Market using exclusive prints designed by art director Shona Heath. A collaboration with Tim Walker in 2009 was inspired by images from the renowned photographer’s book Tim Walker Pictures. It was launched with a site-specific installation at the concept store.
Jensen was the first fashion designer to win a £100,000 award from the Danish Arts Council in late 2009. He was also nominated for the 2010 Scottish Fashion Awards.
The designer debuted in America with a Autumn/Winter 2010-11 collection presented at New York Fashion Week, shortly after which he created a diffusion line ‘PJ by Peter Jensen’ with Urban Outfitters US.
In mid-2011, a retrospective exhibition at Copenhagen Arts Museum opened to coincide with the ten-year anniversary of his label.
In addition to designing, Jensen’s career has expanded to encompass teaching. He was made Head of Menswear in 2001 at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London. In 2006, he became associate lecturer in the BA (Hons) Fashion Design course in womenswear at the Ravensbourne College of Art & Design, where he now sits on a industry advisory committee.