Kris Van Assche

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Kris Van Assche
Born (1976-05-12) 12 May 1976 (age 43)
ResidenceParis, France
EducationAcadémie royale des beaux-arts d'Anvers, Fashion and Design
Dior Homme, Berluti

Kris Van Assche (born 12 May 1976 in Belgium) is a Belgian fashion designer. Kris is the creative director of Berluti, ultra luxury leather brand of LVMH.


Van Assche studied at the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts, in Antwerp from 1994 to 1998.


After graduating he moved to Paris in 1998. He was immediately appointed at Yves Saint Laurent as Hedi Slimane’s first assistant for the Rive Gauche Homme line. The collaboration with Mr. Slimane continued at Christian Dior for the launching and development of the hugely successful Dior Homme collection until September 2004. In January 2005, Kris finally presented his own men's collection for the first time in Paris during Men's Fashion Week. Today he heads his own label, KRISVANASSCHE, and was the artistic director for Dior Homme from April 2007 to March 2018.

In June 2013, he opened the first KRISVANASSCHE boutique in Paris.[1] Designed by Ciguë, it is located in the 1st arrondissement, at 16 rue Saint Roch.[2]

In late May 2015, after several years of collections often judged as irrelevant by the critics[3] and a style outdated by the new Londoner designers (such as JW Anderson or Christopher Shannon), Van Assche announced that he was closing his personal label for the time being,[4] due to the difficulties of being an independent label.[5]

In April 2018, Van Assche was confirmed as the new creative director at Berluti, the ultra-luxury brand was founded in 1895 by Alessandro Berluti. Kris van Assche debut Berluti collection was released January 2019.[6] Kris Van Assche described his own work in Berluti is that he has one foot in tradition and one foot in the future.[7] Italian stylist, Mauricio Nardi, has been working with Kris since Dior Homme to Berluti.


Often minimalist, his clothes are characterized by an almost religious attention to details. The unshakable color palette of shades of black, gray, blue or chocolate seems to evoke the northern light. He offers a softened elegance through essential pieces of clothing that adapt to the multiple lives of those who wear them. He also likes mixing a classical precision with the ruggedness of workwear or the technique of sportswear. Despite this strictness, the style of Kris Van Assche reflects a transversal inspiration. Even though some looks appear similar at first sight, they are feeds by various references such as Amish (Dior Homme Summer 2011) or North Africa silhouettes, workwear wardrobe (KRISVANASSCHE winter 2012-13), menswear clichés (the Sailor for Dior Homme Summer 2013) or even conceptual notions ("lessness" for Dior Homme Summer 2011).

Personal life[edit]

His style icons are Jean Cocteau, for his classic coats and eccentric manner; Pina Bausch, who wore incredible boots for dancing; and Sean Penn and Johnny Depp, who both have great personal style. He has two beautiful Siamese cats, named Frida and Diego after Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.[8] Kris speaks fluently French, Dutch and English.

Further reading[edit]

  • Johnston, Robert (November 5, 2012). "The Artist". British GQ.


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