his career as a student of architecture. However, having attended a
Givenchy runway show of Haute Couture in his twenties, he began a self-study
of the great fashion artists of Europe and the United States. His interest
focused on the work of such masters as Monsieur Yves St. Laurent, Jacques
Fath, and the timeliness of American designer Halston.
His fascination became an obsession, and in 1994, he presented his first
Lloyd Klein Spring Summer collection on the elegant stage of the Opera
Comique in Paris where he was appointed Director of Costume that same
year. The following season, he stunned the French fashion community
by his unexpected appointment as Head Designer for the exclusive Maison
Mme. Grés. His combination of intricate "Grêco"
fabric draping and sublime choice of materials, continued the intrinsic
Mme. Grés signature tradition. According to the French fashion
press, he was one of the few designers at the time, to truly master
this difficult and precise draping and cutting technique.
After his five-season tenure at Grés he terminated his contract
to continue his signature House of Couture. His collections have been
presented in London, Milan, Russia and Asia.
In 1998, Lloyd Klein set up new company headquarters in the United States
and in Sept. of 1999 he presented his Spring Summer collection with
New York's "7th on Sixth" Fashion Week in the tents at Bryant
Park. Ultimo, Tootsies, Martha's and Red Velvet opened their doors.
The following season, the designer was selected as a finalist for the
Rising Star Award for NY's Fashion Group International.
Lloyd Klein recently presented his first menswear collection for his
fourth consecutive season press show during New York's Fashion Week.
The House has plans to open its first US boutique in the Summer of 2003.