Belgian born Designer Olivier Theyskens has been working on a book with backstage photographer Julien Claessens. The photographer looks back at Theyskens’ brilliant career and he was given a unique look at backstage Theyskens’ fashion shows. The book called ‘The Other Side of the Picture’ was launched at Barneys in New York in the presence of some the most important people in the fashion business such as Anna Wintour and Simon Doonan (who also hosted the book launch).
When he was twenty, Olivier Theyskens dropped out of design school to create his first collection. Within the next year, Women’s Wear Daily headlined his “Star Quality,” Harpers Bazaar christened him an “Instant Icon,” and The New York Times singled out his work in coverage of the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute, where it was already enshrined. That winter, Madonna wore Theyskens to the Oscars. In the decade since, he has lent his power to two international brands, “restoring the fortunes,” as Vogue put it, of the house of Rochas, and then moving on to Nina Ricci as artistic director. His work has appeared on the cover of French, British, and American Vogue worn by Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, among other stars. Even the most casually fashion conscious consumers know his name, his striking face, and his dark, soft, and often-flattering aesthetic. Now, for the first time in his whirlwind career, Theyskens has made time to look back over his work and to press it into a book for worldwide distribution. In this special edition book, photographer Julien Claessens beautifully captures the designer’s romantic and mysterious oeuvre. Sally Singer, director of fashion news and features at Vogue, wrote the text. A great book to whom loves to know more about the other side of the picture.
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published by Assouline