Josephus Melchior Thimister
16 September 1962
|Education||Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp|
|THIMISTER, Balenciaga, Charles Jourdan, Genny, Andy Warhol|
|Awards||Fashion Trophy Paris, Best Designer of the Year Barneys, for the first collection Balenciaga|
Josephus Melchior Thimister (born 16 September 1962) is a Dutch interior decorator and noted fashion designer who launched his eponymous fashion label, THIMISTER in 1997. In 2001, the editor-in-chief of Vogue USA Anna Wintour named Josephus Thimister as one of the twenty-first best fashion designers. In 2010, the New York Times described his couture show and its pieces as, “fascinating (…) quite clear in military shapes and broken elegance. Dresses like melted down family silver” - Cathy Horyn. After a brief period with Karl Lagerfeld as an assistant, he worked as a designer along Jean Patou before being appointed director of luxury prêt-à-porter at the renowned house of Balenciaga. It was for the next five and a half years that Thimister would spend reviving the brand with his pure, succinctly modernist vision. He then set up his own Paris-based house in 1997, and has since presented both haute couture and prêt-à-porter collections under his name.
Early life and career
Born to parents of Russian, Belgian, and French descent in Maastricht, Netherlands in 1962, Thimister knew of his passion for design at the age of four. His ambitions soon materialized when he graduated from the fashion department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp summa cum laude in 1987; the same year Thimister claimed first prize for design in the institution. Within a year, the aspiring designer found himself working under Karl Lagerfeld, now creative director of Chanel and also his own renowned label.
Thimister then worked alongside prominent designer, Jean Patou at the House of Patou in preparation of their 1990 haute-couture collection. From 1987 to 1992, Thimister has also freelanced as an illustrator and interior decorator for magazines (Vogue, Vogue Déco, Elle Déco, World of Interiors), private clients, exhibitions (Maison et Object, Musée Carnavalet, Grand Palais), and art installations in Rome, Italy.
In 1991, Thimister advanced toward Balenciaga where he would hold the position as artistic director of luxury women’s prêt-à-porter and accessories for over half a decade. It was said that at Balenciaga, he "contributed through his minimalist style and great skills in cutting in modernizing the house's image." 
After spending nearly six years with Balenciaga, Josephus Thimister began to design for the Italian ready-to-wear label Genny in 1998. Alongside Genny, Thimister readapted classic military coats and bias-cut gowns; synthesizing dramatic, long leather skirts with elegant crisp cotton-glazed shirts. His designs showed a different approach of the art, demonstrating his individuality among the established couture names. Critics were supposedly struck by the modernity and apparent simplicity of his silhouettes.
In February 2005, Thimister was named head designer by the house of Charles Jourdan, in replacement of Patrick Cox. Working with Charles Jourdan, Thimister became known for his poetically Nordic, lightly surrealist and controversial creations.
Thimister thereafter did stints with various fashion-influenced institutions for three years.
House of THIMISTER
In a few years, Thimister had designed an entire mélange of haute couture and luxury prêt-a-porter pieces. In January 2010, after being invited by the Fédération française de la couture, his return show was met with resounding success and received much praise from the press and the industry. The collection, termed "1915: Bloodshed and Opulence" an anti-war collection, was a medley of recycled military jackets and canvas tents, and elegant couture finishing of silk, crepe and satin lining. "I’m convinced that all of today’s problems are the conclusion of that period", claimed Thimister in an interview with Style.com, "I am recycling some of my favorite fabrics, like imperial satin and wool blends". An array of ultra-brut fused with ultra-sophistiqué materials were hence formed. The brand now boasts celebrated pieces of blood Red, rough Khaki and faded Ivory; pieces defined as “starkly beautiful” - (Jenny Barchfield)
Josephus Thimister resides in Dublin, Ireland along with his fashion House in Paris, France. Several articles from his collection are predicted to appear in department stores and multi-brand boutiques across the globe.
- Josephus Thimister's Official Website 
- THIMISTER's Fall-Winter 2010 Haute Couture Collection 
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