The Olivier Theyskens exhibit ❝She Walks in Beauty❞ is a must see
The MoMu Museum in Belgium presents the Olivier Theyskens exhibit which has one more month to go before its closing. This fashion exhibition is described by the organizers as a “journey” through the fashion designers career, and it shows by these stunning images. It also includes an amalgamated selection of items from his very first label; from his time at Rochas and Nina Ricci; covetable separates and outfits from Theyskens Theory; and culminates with items from his re-launched brand, Olivier Theyskens.
The museum’s plan is laid out as part runway, part editorial, with some very recognizable garments, hauntingly worn to perfection by minimal mannequins.
The designs of Olivier Theyskens have something special, almost fantastic, that transports you to a magical world, to a fairy tale with a certain naphthalene smell, which nevertheless is pleasant.
Theyskens knows how to combine the nostalgia of the old, romantic and gothic with the spirit of a modern, active and, above all, feminine woman, like nobody else.
The designer recognizes that as a child he wanted to be a girl to be able to dress as a little princess and wear skirts. His career as a designer has turned him into a fairy godmother who fulfills that dream in the women who dress his amazing creations.
Son of a Belgian chemist and a housewife of French origin, Olivier Theyskens was born in Brussels, in 1977. His passion for fashion woke up very soon. As a child, he gave free rein to his aesthetic sense at the time of dressing.
Once, he went to school in his pajamas and with a tie perfectly knotted around his neck, and he used to wear dresses. Going to the prestigious Belgian design school, l’École Nationale Superieure des Arts Visuels de la Cambre, seemed like a natural step.
Theyskens created his own collections in 2002. He was 25 years old and fashion house Rochas proposed to take care of its ready-to-wear line. He made his debut as a creative director of the French firm created by Marcel Rochas and famous for his fragrances during the autumn-winter season 2003/04, taking over from Peter O’Brien who had been in charge of Rochas for the past 12 years. However, the work of Theyskens failed to restore the splendor that the house had had in the decade of the 20s and 30s, and in 2006 its owners decided to close the house.
Curiously, the year in which the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) decided to give the prize to the Best International Designer. Theyskens then found his place in Nina Ricci, another firm famous for its perfumes, where he continues to work and reap successes.
The first designer collection for this firm, founded in 1932, was presented during the autumn-winter 2007/08 season and was a tribute to the fragrance logo of the firm: L’Air du Temps.
In 2009 the designer leaves the firm to later create his own brand Theyskens Theory.