(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 01, 2018 French fashion designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac poses during a photo session in his studio in Paris.
Italian fashion brand Benetton appointed Jean-Charles de Castelbajac artistic director of its men's and women's collections, the company said in a statement on October 8, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac new Benetton artistic director
Agence France-Presse / 06:05 PM October 09, 2018
Italian group Benetton said Monday it has named veteran fashion designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac as artistic director of its men’s and women’s collections.
“We are happy to welcome Jean-Charles de Castelbajac into our big family,” United Colors of Benetton boss Luciano Benetton said in a statement, hailing his ability to “forecast tomorrow’s social and fashion trends”.
Born in Casablanca, Morocco in 1949, De Castelbajac debuted in the fashion world with a collection he launched with his mother in 1968.
He inspired trends including “anti-fashion” and likes to make alternative use of objects, including a coat of teddy bears worn by Madonna.
“Born from a mix of punk and pop, his style is characterized by the use of strong colors and pop icons, the mix of old and new and a whimsical and irreverent touch,” Benetton said.
“United Colors of Benetton and I have always had a similar take on fashion, characterized by the passion for knitwear and the love of pop and rainbow Colors,” Castelbajac said.
The company said it shared a passion for “contaminating fashion with art” with Castelbajac, who has worked with Andy Warhol, Miguel Barcelo, Keith Haring, Jean Michel Basquiat, M.I.A and Lady Gaga. MKH