Born in Brussels, Christian Wijnants moved to Antwerp in 1996 to study fashion design at the Royal Academy of Fine Art. His graduate collection won the Dries Van Noten Award for best collection in 2000. After graduating, Christian presented his collection at the prestigious Festival d’Hyères, where he was awarded the Grand Prix and picked up by stores including Colette (Paris), Pineal Eye (London), and Via Bus Stop (Tokyo). After working with Van Noten in Antwerp and Angelo Tarlazzi in Paris, Christian launched his eponymous label in 2003.
Rich, layered graphics and fresh colors translated into eloquent knitwear offer a play of authenticity and luxury that has won him the 2013 International Woolmark Prize, 2006 ANDAM Award, and the 2005 Swiss Textiles Award. His work is also in the permanent collection at ModeMuseum Antwerp and has been featured in major publications including editorial by Vogue Italia’s Franca Sozzani and NYT’s Cathy Horyn, exhibitions, and special projects.
Christian Wijnants presents his collections in Paris during Paris Fashion Week and is sold at 100 boutiques and department stores worldwide including Barneys, Harvey Nichols, Joyce, Opening Ceremony, Tomorrowland, Printemps and Graanmarkt 13. He has been a part of the Swarovski Collective since Autumn/Winter 2015
AW 2016 COLLECTION
Inspired by his childhood and the art-brut movement, designer Chrisitian Wijnants debuted a collection pure and generous in shape and playful in nature. Swarovski crystal transfers in jet black and blue were used to render abstract brushtrokes and patterns across a collection of heavy coats, tailored separates and latex rubber dresses.
ss 2016 collection
Christian Wijnant’s Spring/Summer Collection 2016 featured exaggerated raw edges, a whitewashed palette and sheer silhouettes with rows of fine fringe dotted with Swarovski crystal detailing and sprinkled across a fine pattern. The collection was modern and tactile, with Wijnant’s modernist architecture inspiration coming across in the collection’s linear, deconstructed shapes.
SS 2015 collection
Christian Wijnants melded technical fabrics with traditional crafts in a collection inspired by François Truffaut’s film “The Wild Child.” Windbreakers and raincoats glistened with crystal detailing and contrasting textures enhanced the intensity of tropical green colors.