THE CITY IS WILDER THAN YOU THINK AND KINDER THAN YOU THINK. IT IS A VALLEY AND YOU ARE A HORSE IN IT. IT IS A HOUSE AND YOU ARE A CHILD IN IT. SAFE AND WARM HERE IN THE FIRE OF EACH OTHER.

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JEAN-CHARLES DE CASTELBAJAC

JEAN-CHARLES DE CASTELBAJAC

JEAN-CHARLES DE CASTELBAJAC

Jean-Charles De Castelbajac was born with the gift of creative flair and made his first coat out of a blanket whilst at a religious institute. In his youth he attended the famous art school, ‘Ecole des Beaux-arts,’ before continuing his studies at ‘Ecole Supérieure desIindustries du Vêtement.’ his passion for both art and fashion continued to grow during this period. During the 70s Jean-Charles forged memorable friendships, which deeply impacted his career: Malcolm Mclaren, the Sex Pistols and Andy Warhol amongst others. Creating his own brand in 1978 he reached the top ranks in the fashion designer industry and was invited by major international fashion schools to show his work and to educate young talent. Notable exhibitions were held in New York and London. In 1982 his fashion parade of dresses painted by Jean-Charles Blais, Combas, Hervé Di Rosa, Ben, Annette Messager and Keith Haring caused quite a stir on the catwalk but the Yvon Lambert gallery firmly supported this revolutionary approach of breaking boundaries between contemporary living arts. In 1997 Jean-Charles was asked by the Vatican to design an official cape to be worn by the pope. The multicolored cross-displayed on the pope’s ‘chasuble’ was worn by pope John Paul on world youth day. Lady Gaga and Kanye West are others who are fans of Jean-Charles’s designs. In 2006 and 2008, two retrospectives of his work were unveiled, the first at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and the second in Paris’ Musée de la Mode. The designer, stylist, illustrator and writer continues to create colorful art as an antidote to norms. For the SS16 pre-collection, Each x Other examined its fundamental brand identity through the spectrum of primary colors in collaboration with the French artist and designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, the art-meets-fashion pioneer.

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