Malan Breton

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Malan Breton
Malan breton2.jpg
Malan Breton in 2018
Born (1973-06-16) June 16, 1973 (age 45)
Taipei, Taiwan
EducationThe Juilliard School, Circle in the Square
Label(s)
  • Malan Breton Collection
  • Malan Breton Homme (Man)
  • Fantôme Malan Breton
Websitewww.malanbreton.com

Malan Breton (born June 16, 1973) is a Taiwanese-born fashion designer, film, and music video director, columnist, costume designer, TV and Film producer, actor, and Goodwill Ambassador to Taiwan. He launched his namesake label "Malan Breton" in 2005, Malan Breton HOMME in 2010, and Fantôme Malan Breton in 2012. The labels are associated with menswear, womenswear, accessories, underwear,and bridal.

Early life[edit]

Breton was born in Taipei, Taiwan.[1] He began designing fashion at the age of eleven but grew up, as a performer, in the entertainment industry.[1] He never went to design school and is self-taught as a designer.[2]

Career[edit]

Modeling[edit]

In 1996, as a model, Breton moved to New York after a request by Versus and KCD to cast for the New York fashion week Spring 1997 Collection shows at 7th on Sixth.[3] As a model, Breton was photographed by top photographers and directors Herb Ritts, Len Prince and Hype Williams.[4] Thom Oliphant,[5][6] Joseph Kahn[7][8]

Design[edit]

Breton got his start in fashion design as a stylist. Some of his clients included Kylie Minogue, Celine Dion, and Linda Evangelista. His work as a stylist introduced him to the fashion industry.[9]

His mentors in fashion include Arnold Scaasi, also noted is his training at British heritage brand Turnbull & Asser .[10]

In 2005, Breton was one of twelve new designers to watch for on the New York runway in WWD Women's Wear Dailies "Cheat Sheet".[11]

In 2007 he opened the first Malan Breton flagship store in NYC's East Village.[12]

Malan Breton Collection expanded in 2008 to include Malan Breton Accessories.[13]

In 2010 he expanded to include a full line of menswear - Malan Breton Homme (Men)[14]

In 2012 Malan Breton expanded to include Fantôme Malan Breton.

In 2014 Malan Breton expanded into outerwear with his first license [15] That same year, he was ranked at number twenty-six on IMDb's list of the one hundred most popular Tapei, Taiwan-born people in entertainment, for his work in fashion, costume, and television.[16]

Fashion columnist[edit]

TV/video game collaborations[edit]

In 2010 Breton designed costumes for NBC's prime-time game show Minute to Win It. The show starred Guy Fieri which featured "Game Agents" Petra Lauren Gilmore and Ling Ai-Li Wang each week wearing Malan Breton designs.[20][20][21]

In 2011 Malan Breton's costume designs, for the television game show Minute to Win It, were part of a packaging deal with NBC/ Universal, Nintendo Wii systems, Xbox 360, and ZOO for the video game of the same name.[22]

Television[edit]

Breton was featured on an episode of E! Television Fashion Emergency. The episode featured Breton performing in the 1998 revival of Cabaret on Broadway.[23]

From 1999 to 2005 Breton was the promo voice of ESPN Extreme Sports.[24][25]

Breton in 2003 was the promo voice for ABC Sports.[26]

Malan Breton first received public notice when he came in 14th in the third season of Project Runway (2006).

Breton was the subject/host/co-producer of The Malan Show featured on BravoTV.com as a weekly web series. It followed the process of making it in America as an independent designer.[27][28]

In 2008 Breton, and the collection was featured on an episode of Australia's Next Top Model (Cycle 4). In an episode called "New York, New York" The final 3 were judged in a retrospective catwalk of Breton's fashions, their finale fashion show before the top two were chosen.[29]

In 2008 Breton, and the collection was featured on an episode of MTV News. In an episode called "'Project Runway' Alumni Stand Out At New York Fashion Week" the episode featured the Spring Summer 2009 collection shown at Bryant Park during Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week.[30]

In 2009 Breton appeared on MTV Detox. In an episode called "ON 'MTV DETOX': JIM CANTIELLO WITH NO PANTS!" [31]

In 2010 Malan Breton, and Care and Share India rang the NASDAQ closing bell shown on NASDAQ TV in Times Square.[32]

In 2011 Malan Breton Homme, and Breton were featured on an episode of MTV News. In an episode called "It's A 'Party And Rock And Roll' Lifestyle For Jim". On the episode the viewers chose the Malan Breton suit newscaster Jim Cantiello would wear to the VMA's[33]

In 2015 Breton starred with Celeste Holm in the comedy College Debts[34]

In 2016 Breton, and the collection were featured on an episode of "The Real Housewives of New York City" featured on Bravo. In an episode called "Airing Your Dirty Laundry"[24]

In 2017 Breton appeared on an episode of Good Day New York featured on FOX Television Stations. On the episode he gave fashion commentary about the annual Met Gala.

In 2018 Breton, and the collection were featured on an episode of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" featured on Bravo. In an episode called "Thank you, Thuck you".[24]

Directing[edit]

  • XVJC: Julius Caesar (2019)[35]
  • 8 Counts a Dancer (Documentary) (2018)[36]
  • Kristine W "Stars" Music Video (2018) The video ranked number one on the Billboard charts.[37]
  • Malan Breton a Journey to Taiwan (Documentary) 2015. The film won the 2015 NYIFF Award for best documentary short.[38]

Costume design[edit]

Some of the TV shows Malan Breton has designed specialty costumes for.[24]

Notable wearers[edit]

Some of the people who have worn Malan Breton outfits include:[39][40][41][42][43][44][45][46][47]

Awards[edit]

  • 2016 Taiwan Tourism Award
  • 2016 Fashion Group International "Rising Star" (Menswear),[48]
  • 2015 Taiwan Tourism Award,[49]
  • NYIFF Best Documentary Short, Director "Malan Breton A Journey to Taiwan";[50]
  • 2014 United Colours of Fashion "Fashion Icon",[51]
  • 2014 European Fashion Council, Bulgarian Fashion Awards, "Eirene";[52]
  • Nominated for the WGSN Global Fashion Award "Outstanding Collaboration, Malan Breton and NBC".[53]
  • January 2016, CNA News Taiwan noted Breton, as ambassador to Taiwan for Tourism.[54]

Social media[edit]

  • In 2018 InStyle Magazine, in an article named "The Most Tweeted-About Fashion Brand in 2017 Collaborated with Gigi Hadid", in the article Malan Breton was listed as the seventh most tweeted brand in fashion for 2017.[55]
  • In 2017 Vogue (British magazine) in an article named "The Top Tweets Of Spring/Summer 2018" included Malan Breton Most re-tweeted designer tweets [56]
  • In 2016 InStyle Magazine, in an article named "The Most-Tweeted About Brand During #NYFW May Surprise You", in the article Malan Breton was listed as the third "most-Tweeted about collection during #NYFW"[57]
  • In 2015 Socialbakers in an article named "A Big Month for Fashion on Social", in the article "Malan Breton was in the top three most mentioned on Twitter""according to Socialbakers data – on social in the big four fashion capitals of the world."[58]

Blockchain and cryptocurrency[edit]

In 2017 Malan Breton (the Brand) partenered with Tokenly, and Sohomuse to "Launch The First Blockchain-powered Digital Experience For The Fashion Industry"[59][60]

Collaborations[edit]

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