Rick Owens grew up in Porterville, a small town in California’s San Joaquin Valley.
Drawn to the pre-gentrified Hollywood, Owens decamped to L.A.’s punk underground in the 80’s. He studied painting at what is now Otis College Of Art And Design, then switched to Los Angeles trade technical college to learn pattern – making and draping.
Owens launched his eponymous line in 1994, operating out of a raw storefront off Hollywood Boulevard. Early enthusiasts to bring international attention to Owens “Glunge” aesthetic (Glamour meets grunge) include stylists Arianne Phillips and Panos Yiapanis, Vogue Editor Andre Leon Talley and photographer Corinne Day – who shot Kate Moss for Carine Roitfeld’s Vogue Paris in his clothing.
Anna Wintour and American Vogue underwrote his first runway show, in New York, and the legendary French fur label Revillon hired him to modernize their centuries – old house.
Owens also launched menswear in 2002, which he continues to show bi-annually at Paris men’s Fashion Week.
Owens moved to Paris in 2003, setting up his home and atelier inside a historic five-storey building that previously served as offices for former French President Francois Mitterrand.
His runway collections have been mounted in Paris since then. The collections that complement the original label for women and for men include RickOwensLilies, DRKSHDW (Denim – based), and HunRickOwens (Furs).
In addition to being carried in specialty boutiques worldwide, the first Rick Owens flagship boutique opened in the Palais Royal of Paris in 2006; stand-alone stores in London, Milan, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul have followed. An E-Commerce store was launched in 2013.
Owens founded Owenscorp in France in 2004, making the label completely independently owned.
In July of 2005, he introduced a furniture collection. Using raw plywood, marble and moose antlers, the collection is inspired by his favorite shapes from Eileen Gray to Brancusi to California’s skate parks. The furniture collection has since been shown at Musee D’Art Modern in Paris and the museum of Contemporary Art.
A recipient of the 2002 Perry Ellis Award for emerging talent and the lifetime achievement Award by the council of fashion designers of America.
In 2017, Rick Owens was also awarded the Cooper – Hewitt design Award for fashion design, as well as the fashion group international rule breaker Award in 2007.
Owens has authored 3 books – L’Ai-Je Bien Descendu; published in 2007, Rick Owens; published in 2011 and Rick Owens Furniture; published in 2017.
December 2017 saw the opening of a retrospective exhibition dedicated to Owens’ work at La Triennale Di Milano.
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