About Hussein Chalayan
Hussein Chalayan was born in Nicosia, Cyprus and was educated in Cyprus and England.
Graduates from Central Saint Martins with a BA (First Class Honours) in Fashion. His graduate collection, The Tangent Flows, is displayed in the luxury boutique Browns.
1997 February – May
Participates in the exhibition The Cutting Edge: Fifty Years of British Fashion at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Designs a capsule collection for Topshop UK.
1998 – 2000
Acts as creative director and head designer for the luxury brand TSE New York.
His work is exhibited at the French fashion boutique Colette in Paris.
He is nominated in the Avant Garde Designer category at the 1998 VH1 Fashion Awards.
1998 October – January
Participates in the exhibition Addressing the Century: 100 Years of Art and Fashion at The Hayward Gallery, London.
Designs costumes for current/SEE, performed by the Michael Clark Dance Company.
He is named Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards.
Participates in the exhibition Visions of the Body: Fashion or Invisible Corset at the Kyoto Costume Institute.
Collaborates with Marks & Spencer on a capsule collection.
His collection Airmail Clothing 1999 is shown at the Musée des Arts décoratifs, Palais du Louvre, Paris.
He is named Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards for the second consecutive year.
2001 February – May
Participates in the exhibition Century City at Tate Modern, London, with an installation titled After Words.
2001 – 2008
Signs a licensing deal with Italian manufacturer Gibo for seven years.
2001 September – October
Chalayan’s Airmail Dress installation, accompanied by Marcus Tomlinson’s short film Aeroplane Dress, is shown at Egofugal: The 7th International Istanbul Biennial and at the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery.
His Airmail Dress installation is included in the Design Council’s Great Expectations exhibition, held at Grand Central Station, New York.
2001 October – January
Participates in the London Fashion exhibition, organised by the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.
2001 October – January
Participates in the exhibition Radical Fashion at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, with the installation Ventriloquy.
2001 – 2004
He is appointed Creative Director of Asprey.
2003 May – August
Participates in the exhibition Goddess: The Classical Mode at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Temporal Meditations, a film directed by Chalayan to promote his Spring/Summer ’04 collection, is screened at Pitti Uomo, Florence and Palais de Tokyo, Paris.
Place to Passage, a multiscreen film directed by Chalayan, is launched at the Truman Brewery, London.
Directs short film Anaesthetics, shown at the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan.
The Hussein Chalayan shop opens in Daikanyama, Tokyo.
Launches a secondary line, Chalayan by Hussein Chalayan, for Spring/Summer ’05.
Hussein Chalayan signs a licence and distribution agreement with the Japanese company Via Bus Stop, a subsidiary of Onward Kashiyama.
2005 April – September
A retrospective spanning ten years is shown at the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands.
Directs film Absent Presence, featuring Tilda Swinton, for the Turkish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
A ten-year retrospective opens at the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany.
Collaborates with Swarovski on the collection Runway Rocks.
Directs short film, titled Compassion Fatigue, for Garanti Gallery, Istanbul.
2006 May – September
Contributes several pieces to the exhibition Anglomania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Hussein Chalayan is awarded an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Several of his pieces are exhibited in Skin and Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (November – March 2007), The National Art Center, Tokyo (June – August 2007), and Somerset House, London (April – August 2008).
Recognised as a ‘Design Star’ at the Fashion Group International Awards, New York.
Hussein Chalayan and Puma become strategic partners, wherein he becomes Puma’s Creative Director for 5 years.
Launches installation The LEVEL Tunnel for Absolut Vodka.
His Autumn/Winter ’07 Airborne collection wins the Brit Insurance Designs of the Year Award in the Fashion category, and is also nominated for the award in the Interactive category. His LED Dress is shown as part of the nominations exhibition at the Design Museum, London.
2008 September – February
Several pieces are exhibited in the Gothic: Glamour exhibition organised by the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.
2009 January – May
Hussein Chalayan: From Fashion and Back, a comprehensive selection of the artist’s fifteen years of work, is exhibited at the Design Museum, London.
Chalayan’s Wooden Egg Helmet (SS ’98) and Crash Hat (SS ’09) are shown at the Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones exhibition in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Signs a deal with YOOX to design a menswear capsule collection.
Signs fragrance licence Airborne with Japanese firm COMME des GARÇONS.
Designs a co-branded capsule collection with the American denim company J Brand.
Designs costumes for German choreographer Sasha Waltz for the performance Passion, which premieres in Paris.
2010 April – June
Hussein Chalayan: From Fashion and Back is shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo.
Lisson Gallery, London commissions him to produce the installation I Am Sad Leyla.
2010 July – October
A Hussein Chalayan retrospective opens at Istanbul Modern.
2011 September – January
A Hussein Chalayan retrospective opens at the Musée des Arts décoratifs, Palais du Louvre, Paris.
Rizzoli publishes the first complete monograph on his work, titled Hussein Chalayan.
Receives an Honorary Fellowship from UAL (University of the Arts London).
Creates a co-branded capsule collection with Mavi Jeans.
Time magazine names Hussein Chalayan one of its All-TIME 100 Fashion Icons.
Receives the Raymond Loewy Lucky Strike Designer Award in Hamburg.
Designs costumes for Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte, staged by the LA Philharmonic Orchestra, with sets designed by Zaha Hadid.
He is awarded an RDI (Royal Designer for Industry) for sustained excellence and innovation in fashion design, by RSA (the Royal Society of Arts) London.
2014 – 2019
He is appointed head professor of the Fashion Department at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna.
Gives a TED talk titled ‘My Life as an Outsider’ in Vancouver, Canada.
He is declared a Master at DeTao Masters Academy, which pursues activities around innovation, creativity and business opportunities in China.
He is appointed as designer to the heritage fashion house Vionnet.
Signs a licence with the Korean company Daylight.
Chalayan opens its flagship boutique in Mayfair, London.
Designs and directs the dance piece Gravity Fatigue at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London.
Designs costumes for Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio, staged at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
2016 May – September
Shows several pieces in the Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, including a dress for Vionnet by Chalayan.
Designs a co-branded range for the Chinese online fashion company AMII.
Speaks at the Center for Arts, Science and Technology at MIT in a symposium discussing wearable technology.
Wallpaper* magazine names Chalayan one of the ‘Top Shapers in Fashion in the Last 20 Years.’
He is named ‘Best Pop Star’ at the Wallpaper* Design Awards, London.
Signs contract with MIT to develop hi-tech accessories with the Self-Assembly Lab in Boston.
Designs a co-branded range for Chinese electric car company NIO, shown in Shanghai Fashion Week, along with the Chalayan Spring/Summer ’19 Collection.
Chalayan is awarded the London Design Medal – ‘the highest accolade bestowed upon an individual who has distinguished themselves within the industry and demonstrated consistent design excellence over a number of years.’
Fashionary declares Chalayan one of its Fifty Fashion Legends.
The Chinese online company Alibaba invites him to show his Autumn/Winter ’19 collection in Hangzhou, China at the Gen Z Show.
He is guest editor of Wallpaper* magazine’s October issue.
Chalayan is named ‘Personality of the Year’ by the CTCA (Council of Turkish Cypriots Association), London.
Exhibits first major show in China, titled Archipelago, at the Power Station of Art in Shanghai.