Nina Porter in jacket and dress by Rick Owens, photo by Andrew Yee, styling by Damian Foxe.
Rick Owens was born in 1962 in Porteville, California. After studying fashion at Otis College of Arts and Design for two years, he decided to abandon his studies to begin his professional career working for sportswear fashion brands. In 1994, he founded his eponymous fashion house and sold his first designs exclusively at the avant-garde, multi-brand concept store, Charles Gallay, in Los Angeles. With fitted leather jackets, threadbare jersey t-shirts, deconstructed skirts and harem pants with irregular hems, Rick Owens immediately established himself as a fashion outsider creating his signature “glunge” – glamour meets grunge – style. Pierced and tattooed, the anti-conformist punk designer with long hair created a rock ‘n’ roll world set on the fringe of market trends and developed a somber, underground and almost hardcore fashion image. In 2001, Rick Owens joined forces with the Eo Bocci Associati group to internationally develop the Owenscorp company. That same year, Kate Moss posed in one of his leather jackets for editorial shots by Corinne Day. Sometime later, Annie Leibovitz for Vogue US, photographed Kembra Pfahler, the designer’s controversial muse, wearing his designs. With the success of these images, Rick Owens organized his first fashion show for New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2002-2003. For his Spring/Summer 2003 season, he launched his menswear line with the presentation of his women’s ready-to-wear collection. That same year, he won the New Talent Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). In 2003, Rick Owens moved to Paris and he set up his ateliers at Place du Palais Boudon in the 7th arrondissement. At this time, he was named creative director of Revillon. In 2006, Rick Owens stepped down from Revillon, and opened his first boutique in the gardens in Palais Royal at 130-131 Galerie de Valois.
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