Olivier Theyskens was born on January 4th 1977 in Brussels Belgium.
In October 1995, he entered the design section of the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Visuels de la Cambre but dropped out to start his own label.
His early designs could best be described as ‘Gothic’ made literally from sheets that his grandmother gave him…
Rumoured that he might take over at Givenchy, he suddenly fell out with his financial backer, closed his label, and moved to the Theatre de la Monnaie to create stage costumes.
Luckily for him, Madonna’s stylist walked into his press agent’s studio one morning and took one of Theysken’s outfits for her to wear at an event. She wore his dress to the Academy Awards no less and suddenly Thyskens rocketed to stardom overnight.
Always experimenting with design equations, Theyskens draws inspiration from historical references.
In one exhibition his models were famously dressed in birdcages with birdlike creatures adorning their heads.
It is designs like this that have forged his reputation as a cutting edge designer.