Rick Owens is an American ready-to-wear fashion designer. Owens studied fashion design at Otis College of Art and Design, in Los Angeles, for two years before dropping out and taking pattern-making and draping courses at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, leading to work in the garment industry doing knock-offs of designer clothing.
His own label, begun in 1994, found a following, selling exclusively to Charles Gallay, a pioneering Los Angeles retailer who kept Owens in business for several years.
Working and producing in Europe led him to his move from Los Angeles to Paris and show during the Paris collections. He also began his longstanding collaboration with stylist Panos Yiapanis, who has been working with Owens on all his catwalk shows to date.
Owens met Michele Lamy through his then boyfriend, Rick Castro, and he is married to Michele Lamy. Since 2003, he has lived in Paris.
His clothes look edgy and architectural but also simple and welcoming. They feel sumptuous and worn yet structured enough to lend any body a lean toughness.