Hussein Chalayan

Hussein Chalayan is a Turkish Cypriot/British fashion designer who runs his own clothing label of the same name. Chalayan operates at the avant-garde of the fashion world, creating garments that continually challenge accepted norms of what we wear. Chalayan moved to the UK at the age of 12, and studied at Central Saint Martins. His graduate show included garments he had buried in his garden and launched him into the fashion world. Chalayan often employs unusual materials to create his designs. Past creations include a coffee table that transforms into a wooden skirt and a jacket made from Tyvek envelopes, worn by Bjork on the cover of her album Post. Chalayan’s designs regularly straddle art and fashion leading to him representing Turkey at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005.

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