Malan Breton

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Malan Breton
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Malan Breton
Born (1973-06-16) June 16, 1973 (age 43)
Taipei, Taiwan
Education The Juilliard School, Circle in the Square

Malan Breton (born June 16, 1973) is a Taiwanese-born American fashion designer based in New York City. He launched his namesake label "Malan Breton" in 2005. The label is associated with menswear, womenswear, outerwear, accessories, and bridal.


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

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, Hype Williams,[4][5] Thom Oliphant,[6][7] Joseph Kahn[8][9] to name a few.

Breton got his start (in fashion design) as a stylist. Some of his clients included Kylie Minogue, Celine Dion, and Linda Evangelista. As Breton worked with these stars, he eventually fell into the design world.[10]

His mentors in fashion include Arnold Scaasi, also noted is his training at British heritage brand Turnbull & Asser .[11]

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".[12]

In 2007 Malan Breton opened the first Malan Breton flagship store in NYC's East Village.[13]

Malan Breton Collection expanded in 2008 to include Malan Breton Accessories.[14]

In 2010 Malan Breton expanded to include a full line of menswear - Malan Breton Homme (Men)[15]

In 2014 Malan Breton expanded into outerwear with his first license [16]

In 2014 Malan Breton was noted as number twenty-six of the one hundred most popular people in entertainment, for his work in fashion, and costume, in television, to have been born in Taipei, Taiwan by IMDB.[17]

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.[18][18][19]

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.[20]


Breton was the subject/host/co-producer of The Malan Show featured on as a weekly web series. It followed the process of making it in America as an independent designer.[21][22]

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.[23]

Fashion columnist[edit]

Malan Breton contributed weekly to OK! Magazine's column "Malan's Musings",.[24] Breton covered the 82nd Academy Awards for OK! Magazine in a column called "Malan Breton Takes on Oscar Fashion!"[25] Malan Breton and Jeannie Mai covered red carpet fashion for the 2012 Golden Globes Awards for OK! Magazine.[26]


Breton has won numerous awards including the 2016 Taiwan Tourism Award, 2016 Fashion Group International "Rising Star" (Menswear),[27] 2015 Taiwan Tourism Award,[28] NYIFF Best Documentary Short, Director "Malan Breton A Journey to Taiwan";[29] 2014 United Colours of Fashion "Fashion Icon",[30] 2014 European Fashion Council, Bulgarian Fashion Awards, "Eirene";[31] and nominated for the WGSN Global Fashion Award "Outstanding Collaboration, Malan Breton and NBC".[32] Additionally he came in 14th in the third season of Project Runway. In January 2016, CNA News Taiwan noted Breton, as ambassador to Taiwan for Tourism.[33]


  1. ^ a b collection. "Malan Breton Biography". Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  2. ^ "New York Daily News". Daily News. New York. Retrieved October 18, 2011. [dead link]
  3. ^ Malan Breton Collection. "themalanshow". Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  4. ^ "It's All About The Benjamins (Remix): Puff Daddy ft. The LOX, Lil' Kim, and Notorious B.I.G. review". Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Diddy – It's All About the Benjamins Remix". YouTube. September 17, 2007. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  6. ^ [1] Archived July 14, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
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  8. ^ "Patricia Kaas – Quand J'Ai Peur De Tout". YouTube. July 19, 2007. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Joseph Kahn". Joseph Kahn. Archived from the original on April 1, 2009. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Fashion Designer Malan Breton". New York: NY Daily News. Retrieved October 18, 2011. [dead link]
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  12. ^ "Cheat Sheet – Fashion Features – Fashion". February 5, 2005. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
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  14. ^ Malan Breton Collection. "Malan Breton Collection". Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  15. ^ Malan Breton collection. "Malan Breton Homme". Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
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  19. ^ Like Minute to Win It. "Minute to Win It – NBC Site". Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
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  21. ^ The Malan Show Bravo TV Index Archived December 11, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  22. ^ Malan Breton Collection. "themalanshow". Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  23. ^ "Australia's Next Top Model s04e10 Episode 10 part 3". YouTube. June 24, 2008. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  24. ^ "Malan Breton – OK! Magazine – The First for Celebrity News". OK! Magazine. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  25. ^ "OK! EXCLUSIVE: Malan Breton Takes on Oscar Fashion! – OK! Magazine – The First for Celebrity News". OK! Magazine. March 8, 2010. Archived from the original on March 13, 2010. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  26. ^ Mon, Jan 16, 2012 - 8:04 AM (2012-01-16). "Style Experts Jeannie Mai and Malan Breton Weigh in on 2012 Golden Globe Awards Fashion". OK! Magazine. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  27. ^ Feitelberg, Rosemary (January 28, 2016). "Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger, Aerin Lauder, Brandon Maxwell and Malan Breton Among FGI Rising Star Winners". WWD.Com. Retrieved August 11, 2016. 
  28. ^ Shan, Shelly (March 4, 2015). "Tourism Bureau honors foreigners with awards". Taipei Times. Retrieved August 11, 2016. 
  29. ^ "'A Journey to Taiwan' wins award at New York festival". May 19, 2015. Retrieved August 10, 2016. 
  30. ^ "Malon Breton: 2014 Fashion Icon of the Year". United Colors of Fashion. Retrieved August 11, 2016. 
  31. ^ "Malan Breton: More than just a label". 1883 Magazine. Retrieved August 11, 2016. 
  32. ^ "WSGN Global Fashion Awards". Missnala Land. June 25, 2011. Retrieved August 11, 2016. 
  33. ^ "奧運射箭女單 譚雅婷晉8強". CNA News Taiwan. January 1, 2016. Retrieved August 11, 2016. 

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