Tzaims Luksus

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Tzaims Luksus (born James Henry Luksus, January 1, 1932),[2] FRSA is an American artist and fashion designer.

Tzaims Luksus, FRSA Photo taken after winning the Neiman Marcus and Coty Awards in 1965.


Tzaims Luksus was born in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. on January 1, 1932 son of John James [Prince Ivan Yusefovitch Yusupov-Luksiev] and Beulah Maude Wingfield-Driver-Luksus. He is regarded by those who know him as a Renaissance Man. He studied architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1956)[3] and the University of the Arts and continued studies of fine art at the Atlanta Art Institute, L'accademia di belli arti di Venezia and the Art Academy of Florence, Italy and fine art and Medieval Studies at St. Edmund Hall {college} at Oxford University in England.

Since his interest in architecture was based upon classical Greek and architecture of the Italian Renaissance he was not interested in structural steel and glass. He then continued seriously as a painter of fine art traveling throughout Europe. He took up weaving in Greece and printing in Venice and returning to Philadelphia in 1961 he presented graphics on silk in print for international fashion designers and became a full-fledged fashion designer showing in New York in 1966 and in Paris in 1968. He created the Print Explosion internationally in the haute couture during the 1960s and became what the international press regarded the New Christian Dior in fashion design.Template:Fact: New York Times, Fashion; Friday, February 18, 1966

Luksus began his career in fashion in 1960 in Athens & Venice 1961 in Philadelphia. He operated his own textile wool weaving mill and silk printing production and design studio in Bennington, Vermont and a couture/ready to wear house: TZAIMS LUKSUS at 550 Seventh Avenue in NYC.

In the mid 1970s he left fashion and fabric design and manufacturing and returned to fine arts. He presented a collection of oils on canvas and paper to the American Academy at Rome for a Prix de Rome in 1981 that was published in folios in 1991 by the Vermont Foundation of the Arts: Theaum Press.[citation needed] In 1986 he created TZ.L International Ltd and became a perfume artist launching his Parfumerie Luxus creating MAN ALIVE and IMMORTELLE under the TZ.L label.

His fabric/fashion work and paintings are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Chicago Art Institute, Smithsonian-Cooper Hewitt Museum, the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford CT; St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University, Oxford, England; Musee de Tissu de Lyon, France and other major museums and private collections throughout the world including the Museum of Art in Los Angeles, California.

He was elected by Council as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1974 for his international contribution in arts, manufactures and commerce. He was on the faculty of the Hayseed Mountain School of Crafts, lecturer and consultant at the Fashion Institute of Technology and lecturer at Pratt Institute, Parson School of Design and Universities around the US.

He founded the Vermont Foundation of the Arts (1989), the Vermont Academy of the Fine Arts (1989), the Vermont Academy of Music (1995), the Bennington Opera House (1995) and the Bennington Council on the Arts (1989), Palm Beach Baroque Opera, Inc., Palm Beach Bel Canto Opera and Key West Foundation of the Arts of which he is also the president and executive director.

Among his written works is a play, The Polymachaeroplagidies (1980), and biographic novel, Striking With The Sword of Heaven (1981), a photographic book, The Prince of Prints: The Memoires & Artistry of Tzaims Luksus, FRSA. Operas: Pericles & Xerxes, Zanoni, La Fenice, Jiullietta di Stromboli and others in work.

Luksus's home in Old Bennington, Vermont contains an historic George Stevens & Co pipe organ made in 1842.[4]

Luksus won both the Neiman Marcus and Coty[5] awards in 1965. He was elected by council to the Royal Society of Arts as a Life Fellow in 1974 for achievement in promoting arts throughout the world and encouraging manufactures and commerce internationally. He is listed in Who's Who in America, Volume 35:1968-1969 through the 39th Edition-1976:1977 and Who's Who in the World, Fifth Edition: 1980-1981



  1. ^ Tzaims Blogspot
  2. ^ "John (Jr.) Luksus II's Obituary on Bennington Banner". Bennington Banner. Retrieved 16 May 2017. 
  3. ^ "Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Alumni Listing". New York Times. 1986-01-06. Archived from the original on 2007-11-05. Retrieved 2007-09-09. 
  4. ^ "OHS Pipe Organ Database - Luksus, Tzaims residence". Organ Historical Society. 2005. Retrieved 2007-09-09. 
  5. ^ "1966 Fashion". Paperpast Yearbook. 1986-01-06. Retrieved 2007-09-09. 
  6. ^ Who's Who In The World, 1980-1981 Fifth Edition