The origins of Josephus Melchior Thimister are eclectic: he is Russian, French, Belgian, Orthodox, Catholic, Jewish... A mix that he bluntly calls "garbage". After passing through Karl Lagerfeld and the fashion house of Jean Patou, he worked as a decorator before being named artisrtic director of Balenciaga. During these five and a half years he gave Balenciaga a breath of fresh air, then he created his own Parisian label in 1997, under which he has since presented his haute couture and ready-to-wear collections. At the same time, he became art director for the Italian brand Genny, and from 2005 to 2007 for Charles Jourdan. He has also worked for a number of ready-to-wear brands as well as being a consultant. The creations of Thimister possess a certain lightness and poetry which creates an elegance devoid of any vanity. Thimister seems to rejuvenate the traditions of haute couture, notably by using unconventional materials.