Born in Belgium, Cedric Charlier graduated from the school of Visual Arts of Brussels. The designer won the Moêt Hennessy Fashion Award in 1998 and subsequently worked at Céline in Paris for two years under the creative direction of Michael Kors. He then joined Jean Paul Knott's studio for two other years. Afterwards, he joined Alber Elbaz’s team at Lanvin where he spent six years. He caught the attention of Jean Bousquet, who in 2009 commissioned Cédric Charlier to create a new dynamic positioning for Cacharel.
Cédric worked four seasons as artistic director before he set up his own brand. He has shown his first eponymous collection in February 2012, in Paris. The new collection got immediate attention from both international press and buyers.
The designer took his inspiration from the ’90s and his teenage years as a grunge enthusiast to design exaggerated kilt skirts, shrugged-on nubby fisherman’s knits, printed layered T-shirts, and double-breasted coats.
Photos courtesy of Cédric Charlier