Designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac (also fondly known as JC/DC) has turned the fashion world upside down with his one-of-a-kind designs. From crafting a teddy-bear coat for Madonna to designing threads for the Pope (yes, the very leader of the Roman Catholic Church!), JC/DC is the architect extraordinaire of chic.
This French designer (whose birthplace was originally Morocco) began his career at a very early stage: by the age eight, his collection of art and other assorted crafts had grown considerably. Perhaps this early interest in art influenced his exploration into fashion design and weaving elements of art into clothing. Or perhaps it was a childhood interest in Lego that is to be credited for his 2009 Spring/Summer collection that debuted with an animated Lego fashion show.
The collection is filled with bold and vibrant colors, with tees drenched in pop culture references. From polka dots to sculls, this collection is contemporary and yet holds true to JC/DC’s signature style. JC/DC is best noted for pushing the fashion envelope through his whimsical creations that revolutionized ideas of what was traditionally deemed “fashion -compliant”:
“From this first collection in the ’60s, Castelbajac has treated his work as a perpetual art project, a meandering commentary on contemporary society referencing pop culture (as in a dress shaped like a Coca-Cola bottle), street culture (graffiti prints) and everything in between.”