Hussein Chalayan

Fashion Designer

Hussein Chalayan is a fashion designer renowned for his innovative use of materials, meticulous pattern cutting and progressive attitude to new technology.

Born in Nicosia, Cyprus, Hussein was educated both in Cyprus and England. In 1993, his graduate collection from Central St. Martin's College of Art and Design was exhibited in the window of Browns in London, the second student since John Galliano. Hussein began designing commercially in 1994, and in 1997 was appointed to design TSE's New York Collection.

Twice voted British Designer of the Year (in 1999 and 2000), he has also designed costumes for opera and dance performances. Chalayan was the focus of a retrospective at the Groningen Museum, The Netherlands, in 2005, and a book was published to coincide with this event, edited by Suzy Menkes and Caroline Evans.

Chalayan's work has been exhibited multiple times over his career, in London at the Barbican (1996), the V&A (1997, 2001) the Hayward Gallery (1998) and further afield including New York, Tokyo, Kyoto, Paris, Vienna and Prague.

Hussein Chalayan is a fashion designer renowned for his innovative use of materials, meticulous pattern cutting and progressive attitude to new technology.

Born in Nicosia, Cyprus, Hussein was educated both in Cyprus and England. In 1993, his graduate collection from Central St. Martin's College of Art and Design was exhibited in the window of Browns in London, the second student since John Galliano. Hussein began designing commercially in 1994, and in 1997 was appointed to design TSE's New York Collection.

Twice voted British Designer of the Year (in 1999 and 2000), he has also designed costumes for opera and dance performances. Chalayan was the focus of a retrospective at the Groningen Museum, The Netherlands, in 2005, and a book was published to coincide with this event, edited by Suzy Menkes and Caroline Evans.

Chalayan's work has been exhibited multiple times over his career, in London at the Barbican (1996), the V&A (1997, 2001) the Hayward Gallery (1998) and further afield including New York, Tokyo, Kyoto, Paris, Vienna and Prague.

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