DALLAS, Jul 25, 2004/ FW/ — Known for his wild and outlandish catwalk presentations, French designer Gaspard Yurkievich is also fast becoming the designer of choice by fashion forward young men and women who like wearing street and urban clothes with a Parisian touch.
A native of Paris, (born May 16, 1972), Gaspard Yurkievich studied at the Studio Bercot from 1991-93; wherein after graduation, he trained under Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler and Jean Collona.
To hone his skills, the Paris native entered several competitions, one of them the 12th International Festival of Art and Fashion at the Hyeres (May 1997), wherein he won for the women’s collection as well as the 3 Suisse Prize. The next year (1998), Yurkievich won the ANDAM competition.
To expand his horizons in the inner workings of the fashion industry, Gaspard Yurkievich tried his hand in public relations for two years (1996-1997), organizing and preparing fashion shows, training under Isabelle Roque.
In 1998, during the Fall/Winter 1999 season, his solo collection, “Distressed” debuted on the Paris runways. In 1999, he created special collections for La Redoubte and Prisunic/Monoprix.
Gaspard Yurkievich’s creations are young, youthful and energetic. He is also not scared to take chances. His Spring 2004 menswear presentation hit the headlines because it featured several young men miming every sexual position that a group of lusty men can twist themselves into. Of course, all the models were fully clothed. But the sexual connotations were not lost on the audience.
Again, during the Spring 2005 menswear season, Yurkievich shocked his audience. In a most unexpected presentation, the group of urban dancers hired by Yurkievich showed how the clothes would really be worn. They danced, body-popped, scratched, vogued in a sexually explicit manner.
With Gaspard Yurkievich, you have to expect the unexpected.
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