Demna Gvasalia

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Demna Gvasalia
დემნა გვასალია
Fantastic Man (No. 24) (30185558875).jpg
Gvasalia on the cover of Fantastic Man.
Born (1981-03-25) 25 March 1981 (age 38)
EducationRoyal Academy of Fine Arts
OccupationFashion designer
Label(s)
Balenciaga
(2015-)
Vetements
(2014-2019)
Louis Vuitton
(2013-2015)[1]

Demna Gvasalia (Georgian: დემნა გვასალია dem-NAH-gvah-SAH-lee-AH) is a Georgian fashion designer, the creative director of Balenciaga and founder of Vetements.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Georgia, in 1981, to a Georgian Orthodox Christian family, Gvasalia fled when he was 12, during the country’s violent civil war , and went to live in Düsseldorf from 2000 on.[2]

Gvasalia studied international economics for four years at Tbilisi State University[3] and later attended the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, where he graduated with a master’s degree in fashion design in 2006.[4]

Career[edit]

In 2006, Gvasalia collaborated with Walter van Beirendonck on his men’s collections.[5]

In 2009, Gvasalia joined Maison Martin Margiela, where he was responsible for women’s collections until 2013.[6][7] In 2013, he was appointed senior designer of women’s ready-to-wear collections at Louis Vuitton, initially under Marc Jacobs and briefly under Nicolas Ghesquière.[8]

Together with his brother Guram, Gvasalia launched the brand Vetements in 2014.[9][10] Vetements’ first women’s ready-to-wear collection was presented at Paris Fashion Week in 2014.[11]

Since 2015, Gvasalia has been working as the creative director of Balenciaga, succeeding Alexander Wang.[12][13]

Recognition[edit]

Gvasalia won the International Award for Vetements and Balenciaga at the CFDA Fashion Awards in 2017. He also won the Accessories Designer of the Year award at the Fashion Awards 2018.[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Quick, Harriet (May 14, 2016) Demna Gvasalia:目前来说没谁继承了巴黎世家 May 14, 2016. Retrieved July 29, 2016
  2. ^ Jo Ellison (September 20, 2019) Demna Gvasalia: the activist at Balenciaga Financial Times.
  3. ^ Jo Ellison (January 5, 2018) Balenciaga’s billion-euro plan Financial Times.
  4. ^ Miles Socha (September 16, 2019) EXCLUSIVE: Demna Gvasalia Exits Vetements Women's Wear Daily.
  5. ^ Miles Socha (September 16, 2019) EXCLUSIVE: Demna Gvasalia Exits Vetements Women's Wear Daily.
  6. ^ Paton, Elizabeth (October 8, 2015) Who Is Demna Gvasalia, Balenciaga’s New Designer? The New York Times.
  7. ^ Balenciaga appoints Demna Gvasalia as artistic director of the collections Kering, press release of October 7, 2015.
  8. ^ Miles Socha (September 16, 2019) EXCLUSIVE: Demna Gvasalia Exits Vetements Women's Wear Daily.
  9. ^ Fury, Alexander (October 16, 2015) Vetements radical designer The Independent
  10. ^ Rissanen, Timo (June 11, 2016) Aaron Krach ‘inspires’ Vetements
  11. ^ Balenciaga appoints Demna Gvasalia as artistic director of the collections Kering, press release of October 7, 2015.
  12. ^ Milligan, Lauren (October 7, 2015) Vetements Designer Named At Balenciaga Vogue
  13. ^ Cartner-Morley, Jess (October 7, 2015) Balenciaga appoints Demna Gvasalia as new creative director The Guardian
  14. ^ Pike, Naomi (December 10, 2018). "The Fashion Awards 2018: The Winners". Vogue. Retrieved December 10, 2018.