Christian Audigier

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Christian Audigier
AUDIGIER Christian-24x30-2009.jpg
Christian Audigier in 2009
Born Christian Ginutti
(1958-05-21)21 May 1958
Avignon, France
Died 9 July 2015(2015-07-09) (aged 57)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Fashion designer
Website Official website
Labels Ed Hardy
Von Dutch
Christian Audigier
Lord Baltimore
Lady Baltimore

Christian Audigier (French pronunciation: ​[kristiã~ odijie]; born Christian Ginutti, 21 May 1958 – 9 July 2015) was a French fashion designer known for the Ed Hardy and Von Dutch clothing lines.

Early life[edit]

Audigier was born Christian Ginutti on 21 May 1958 in Avignon.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Audigier began working in the fashion industry at the age of fifteen. He designed a line of denim that was inspired by his love for rock and roll, specifically The Rolling Stones. His designs became so popular that a top executive from MacKeen Jeans took notice of Audigier's talent, affording him the opportunity to create with the company and travel the world.[3][4] He moved to New York in his early twenties to expand his own brand.[5] He worked with Guess, Levi's, Diesel, American Outfitters, Fiorucci, Bisou Bisou and XOXO.[6]

Audigier on a motorcycle in 2010

He then moved to Los Angeles where he would achieve most of his success as a fashion designer. After the death of artist Kenny Howard, also known as Von Dutch, in 1992, Howard's daughters sold the Von Dutch name to Michael Cassel and Robert Vaughn.[who?] The clothing brand that followed gained popularity in the US and attracted the attention of celebrities such as Madonna, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and later Ashton Kutcher and Eric Church. Audigier helped popularize the brand, but left on amicable terms in 2004. He went on to popularize the Ed Hardy brand.[7] Audigier's other brands include SMET with French singer Johnny Hallyday.[7][8] Audigier's brands are sold internationally in over 40 countries.[9][unreliable source?]

In 2008, he joined forces with a small cooperative in France, Montpeyroux Estates, to release a line of fine wines. The bottles are wrapped with labels that are designed with the classic Ed Hardy designs and are done by art director and photographer Barry Sutton.[9][unreliable source?]

Audigier was a partner along with Pure Management in a nightclub in the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.[10][11] The nightclub closed in September 2010.[12]

He released a line of Ed Hardy perfumes for men and women.[13]

In 2012, he appeared on an episode of Sweden's Next Top Model.[14]

Family[edit]

He had four children.[1]

Health problems and death[edit]

Audigier was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a bone cancer, in January 2015. He died on 9 July 2015 at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, California, after lapsing into a coma. He was 57 years old.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Archives - lesoir.be". Le Soir. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Xania Woodman (10 July 2008). "Fresh off the vine". Las Vegas Weekly. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  3. ^ Jian DeLeon. "Christian Audigier's Unexpected Fashion Legacy - Complex". Complex. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Obituary, nydailynews.com; accessed 16 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Christian Audigier profile". Fashion Model Directory. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Lisa Respers France, CNN (10 July 2015). "Ed Hardy designer Christian Audigier dies at 57". CNN. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Christian Audigier bio". Apparelsearch.com. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  8. ^ Rania Hoballah (10 July 2015). "PHOTOS - Christian Audigier : les stars étaient toutes folles de lui". Metro News (France). Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  9. ^ a b "ASM Interview: Fashion Designer Christian Audigier, Ed Hardy Clothing". American Superstar Magazine. 31 May 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "Christian Audigier - Toute l'actu!". Purepeople.com. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  11. ^ Los Angeles Times (10 July 2008). "Christian Audigier: The Nightclub at Treasure Island in Vegas". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  12. ^ Amanda Finnegan. "Nightclub operator Angel Management Group to acquire Pure Management Group". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  13. ^ Los Angeles Times (10 July 2015). "Christian Audigier dies at 57; fashion marketer popularized Ed Hardy, Von Dutch". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  14. ^ "Christian Audigier profile". Gossip Center. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  15. ^ Christian Audigier dies of cancer, Usmagazine.com; accessed 10 July 2015.

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