With a vision that has been compared to “a cross between artist Cindy Sherman and The Brothers Grimm” (Blackbook), Kevin Johnn is launched his Spring 2006 collection with pieces that are provocative and sensual, yet determinedly modern. His heady blends of luxurious fabrics and ingenious silhouettes have given rise to a barrage of recent press on this emerging designer, including an editorial fashion spread in Tatler, styled by Isabella Blow, as well as features in Fashion Wire Daily, W, In style, Entertainment Weekly and CNN.
This high-end designer has a couture-type mentality and a passion for modern theatrics - which is why his philosophy has led him to create some of the most brilliant and original collections to date. His perspective that fashion is an experience as well as a personal style-statement has built him a loyal if diverse clientele that includes Mary Kate Olsen, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Nicky Hilton and Suzanne Bartsch.
Most recently, Kevin Johnn’s appearance on the hit Bravo show, Project Runway, lent itself to modern theatrics of a completely different sort. Kevin Johnn was always about the clothes. Host Heidi Klum favored his work and requested him to design her 2005 Oscar outfit as well as many other personal pieces, including looks for the second season of the show.
Inspired by his previous collaborations with artist Matthew Barney and athlete/artist/actress Aimee Mullins for the cult classic film, Cremaster, Kevin Johnn developed a keen sense of combining the magical with a classic balance resulting in clothes of modern mixed emotions.
While successfully launching his first Kevin Johnn Collection, which found a home in such prestigious boutiques as Bergdorf Goodman, Barney’s and Bagguta, Kevin Johnn fine-tuned his extensive experience in couture dressmaking, collaborating at the house of Thierry Mugler. This led him to Paris to continue design for his couture clientele. Kevin Johnn then went to Azzedine Alaia to further his work, under another master of exquisite taste and fine quality.
After a successful fashion show at Le Petit Oiseau Vasortir, Kevin Johnn received the award for Best New Designer at The Venus Awards from Paris. Kevin Johnn has also worked for LVMH lending his talents to the likes of such houses as Marc Jacobs and Donna Karan.
Prior to these accomplishments, Kevin Johnn founded Zeronine with his brother and together built a company that became the cycling industry’s second largest sportswear manufacturer, through 2300 active dealers worldwide with three Patents and eight Trademarks.
-2- He furthered his technical knowledge of apparel under the guidance of his father/mentor, who was a menswear designer for Hart Schaffner & Marx in Chicago.
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