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|Born||1982 (age 30–31)
|Education||Parsons The New School for Design|
|Awards||CFDA: Emerging Talent Award & Scholarship (2003);1st Annual FICA Emerging Fur Designer of the Year; The Pantone Special Color Award for Best Use of Color by a Designer (2010)|
Chris Benz is an American fashion designer. He gained early recognition as a recipient of a CFDA scholarship while attending Parson's School of Design. Benz interned with Marc Jacobs in college, then worked at J.Crew, before launching his own collection in 2007. His signatures include use of color, texture and prints, as well as subversion of traditional dressmaking codes and techniques. His collection is available in stores throughout United States, Canada, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. He was inducted into the CFDA in 2009.
Eric Wilson, fashion reporter for The New York Times, singled him out among fashion’s “newest darlings” and said the collection “may be the best example of the heightened level of sophistication that is expected of new designers today.”
Benz's clothes are frequently featured in Vogue, Elle, Glamour, and other publications. In addition to his own fashion line, Benz has partnered with Moscot, the eyewear company, to design a line of frames, and Lancôme to design a the "Chris & Tell" Lipstick. He also has a partnership with Redken.
Benz has made numerous television appearances, included among them a week as guest judge on Bravo's The Fashion Show: Ultimate Collection and an appearance on HBO's How to Make It in America. He is also a regular columnist for Fashionista.com.
- CFDA Scholarship Award
- Designer profile in New York Magazine
- Chris Benz Makes "Chris & Tell" Lipstick for Lancome