Former Balenciaga creative director Thimister dies aged 57

Former Balenciaga artistic director Thimister dies aged 57


PARIS: Dutch clothier Josephus Thimister, a former creative director at Balenciaga, has died on the age of 57, the French vogue federation stated on Wednesday.

“It’s with unhappiness that the Federation de la Haute Couture et de la Mode has discovered of the passing away of Josephus Thimister, whose avant-garde model, class and abilities in chopping have, for a few years, contributed to the artistic momentum in Paris,” the physique stated in an announcement.

Thimister labored for Balenciaga´s luxurious ready-to-wear traces from 1991 to 1997 earlier than organising his personal home. In 2005, he grew to become head designer at French luxurious footwear label Charles Jourdan.

Born in Maastricht in 1962, he studied on the Royal Academy of Nice Arts Antwerp earlier than working underneath Karl Lagerfeld and Jean Patou on the Home of Patou in Paris.

In 2010, having closed down his personal home attributable to lack of funding, he was persuaded to return to Paris couture by federation chief Didier Grumbach.

The following assortment referred to as “Bloodshed and Opulence” that includes Cossack jackets splattered with faux blood and trousers scorched with brown paint to resemble burns was described by one critic as “stark, bleak and disturbing”.

“I’m not a political individual however vogue has a voice and it’s time to categorical my views,” Thimister, who was of Russian-Dutch extraction, advised an interviewer on the time.

“We’re nonetheless feeling the aftershock of the Bolshevik Revolution and the rise of communism, when Europe fell aside,” he stated.

“Now we have by no means recovered. Now we have misplaced our soul and our spirit.”

In line with France´s Style Dictionary, Thimister made his mark at Balenciaga “by means of his minimalist model and nice abilities in chopping in modernising the home´s picture”.


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