Christopher Nemeth

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Christopher Nemeth was a key figure of the 80s London Fashion scene. He began his career as a painter, blending torn pieces of clothing into his paintings.
Financially pressured, he resorted to crafting his own clothes, designing and creating what he wanted to wear and couldn’t find anywhere, reshaping classical pieces and enhancing them with details, such as over-stitches or braided linen ropes applied on canvas with a surgical precision, and describing his creations as “self-portraits”, executed directly on the body. His encounter with photographer Mark Lebon propelled him to the front of the stage and on the cover of every fashion magazine. Having at last reached fame and success, in 1986, he moved to Tokyo where he stayed until his passing in 2010.
Since then, his daughters Lui and Riyo have created a space in London, called Primitive, where young artists and designers are able to pursue their father’s work. Amongst his many admirers are Martin Margiela and Rei Kawakubo.