Jean-Charles is a fashion designer and visionary artist who rewrote the sector’s traditional codes in the 1970’s, when he created a lot of new fashion trends, like the ‘anti-fashion’ movement, based on accumulation, appropriation, and the alternative use of objects, very much like situationism and Dadaism.
His career as a fashion designer started in 1968 alongside his mother, when he created Ko & Co. The first ‘manifesto’ piece of clothing he produced was a coat he made, using the blanket he used when he was at boarding school. He founded maison Jean-Charles de Castelbajac in 1978, which he left in 2016.
Between the 70’s and the 90’s, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac was also the artistic director of prestigious fashion houses like Max Mara and Courrèges and he co-founded Iceberg in 1974. In 1979, in consonance with pop art, he designed cartoon pullovers that have since become iconic.
During his career, the French designer befriended and worked with artists such as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Jean Michel Basquiat, Malcolm McLaren, Robert Mattlepthorpe, M.I.A and Lady Gaga. His creations have been displayed at New York’s Institute of Fashion and Technology, London’s Victoria&Albert Museum and the Galliera Museum in Paris. In 2015, he created a 3700 m2 mural for Orly airport in Paris.
His clothes embody his passion for history, the world of childhood and Pop art.
With his poncho-for-two, teddy-bear coat, portrait-dresses, plaid-coat and color block Kway, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac has built a reputation as an avant-garde designer for himself.
He has provided clothes to many celebrities like Farrah Fawcett in Charlie’s Angels or Lady Gaga’s videos. He has created a teddy-bear coat for Madonna, a sequin jacket for Beyonce, and a Donald Duck costume for Rihanna.
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac also created the concept of working with famous brands. He has collaborated with Swatch, Weston, Ligne Roset, Petit Bateau, Citroën, Tecnica, Kway, Coca-Cola, Vilebrequin, Aigle and Palaceskateboards.
All the artistic environments he touches on have his signature rainbow chromatic range in common. One of the best examples of this is the line he created for Pope John Paul II, 500 bishops and 5000 priests for World Youth Day in Paris in 1997.
As Keith Haring initiated him to street-art, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac uses chalk to leave his poetic mark on the walls of the world’s capitals.
Since october 2018, he is the artistic director of United Colors of Benetton’s collections.
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