1983: Born in Paris to a Chinese-American mother
French father. His multicultural upbringing and
interest in French culture including art, ballet and
are key influences throughout his collections.
2004: Graduates from Swarthmore College with a
in Art and Art History.
Moves to New York, interns at Marc Jacobs.
2005: Works as freelance designer at Proenza
Apprentices with patternmaker Nicolas Caïto,
head of Rochas atelier.
2006: Returns to Paris, as first assistant to
2008: Launches Altuzarra, with a debut collection
2009: Debuts first runway show for Spring 2010
collection, lauded by Vogue as a “great, confident
2010: Wins both the Ecco Domani award and
Group International’s Rising Star of the Year.
2011: Wins CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund prize.
2012: Wins Swarovski Award for Womenswear
Appears on Forbes’s 30 Under 30.
2013: Altuzarra wins the inaugural CFDA branding
initiative. Appears on WWD’s Ten of Tomorrow.
costumes for New York City Ballet’s Pas de
Deux A Place for Us.
2014: In June of 2014, won the
CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year.