In the last 15 years, there are few people who have captivated the worlds of fashion, art, and design as strongly as Rick Owens. Richard Saturnino Owens, better known as Rick Owens, has turned his darkly glamorous, post-apocalyptic take on gothic grunge into a globally-renowned fashion business, built largely around his signature leather jackets. Owens’ menswear collections always feel like a work of art on their own: distancing himself from regular ready-to-wear and tailoring codes and traditions, Owens analyzes, dissects and intellectualizes the garment and the design result is often something completely new, unexpected – and unique.
The designer has been honoured by the CFDA twice, first with the New Talent Award in 2002 after his debut catwalk show in New York, and again in 2017 with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Other accolades include the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Perry Ellis Emerging Talent Award, which he took home in 2002, as well as the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award and the Fashion Group International’s Rule Breaking Award, both of which he was awarded in 2007.