November 18, 1962(52)
|Education||Otis/Parsons, Los Angeles Trade Tech, Los Angeles|
|Awards||Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award, 2007, Fashion Group International Rule Breaker Award, 2007, CFDA Perry Ellis Emerging Talent Award, 2002|
|Labels||Rick Owens, Palais Royal, DRKSHDW, Rick Owens Lilies|
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Early life and career
Owens studied fashion design at Otis College of Art and Design, in Los Angeles, for two years before dropping out and taking pattern-making and draping courses at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, leading to work in the garment industry doing knock-offs of designer clothing.
His own label, begun in 1994, found a following, selling exclusively to Charles Gallay, a pioneering Los Angeles retailer who kept Owens in business for several years.
Working and producing in Europe led him to his move from Los Angeles to Paris and show during the Paris collections. He also began his longstanding collaboration with stylist Panos Yiapanis, who has been working with Owens on all his catwalk shows to date.
I Washington Divas, Soul Steppers, and Momentums step teams model his clothes using 'grit face' expressions.
Awards and achievements
In 2002, Owens won the Council of Fashion Designers of America Perry Ellis Emerging Talent Award. In 2007, he was awarded a Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award and the Fashion Group International's Rule Breaking award.
- Socha, Miles (11 November 2013). "Rick Owens: Breaking the Rules". WWD. Retrieved 12 November 2013.
- Rick Owens fashion latimesmagazine.com 2008/09
- Rick Owens: Haunted House Hint Magazine