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Sure the fact that Bruno crashed the Spring 2009 Jean-Charles de Castelbajac show added lots of excitement, but even without the British comedian’s appearance JC/DC always stages an unforgettable show. 

Given how focused everyone currently is on the economy and their work selling (and I don’t blame them of course) it was refreshing to see that JC/DC hasn’t changed a smidge.

Born in Casablanca on the 28th of November 1949, JC/DC became passionate about military history as a youngster and in 1969 he created his first collection using indirect fabrics (floor cloths, sponges, oilskin cloths, camouflage cloths). Only one year later the young designer was honored with his first Elle cover and subsequently he was hailed “The Courrèges of the 70s” by WWD.

It’s hard to believe that it was over 30 years ago that the designer first showed his Teddy Bear coat, but so goes history. Along with a poncho for two, the coat was shown at a show at the Bource du Commerce in Paris followed closely by the opening of his first boutique on the French capital’s exclusive Marché Rue St Honoré.

Things didn’t slow down from there with JC/DC designing the Sportmax line for MaxMara along with creating looks for the iconic “Charlie’s Angel” television show.

And, way before Nicolas Ghesquiere was hailed for his painted Balenciaga pieces, JC/DC experimented with the technique before moving on to dresses that paid tribute to everyone from Mickey Mouse (his S/S 2009 collection was likewise inspired by Mickey Mouse and Lego), to Jean-Michel Basquiat. 

Before long JC/DC was expanding with gloves, socks, and French berets and had his very on exhibition at the Modern Art Museum of Troyes (a collaboration with Snoopy incorporated). Further exhibits followed at FIT in New York and at the MAK in Vienna, among others, along with more costume design projects including for the hit “Mrs. Doubtfire” – the multi-dimensional designer even designed liturgical cloths for Pope Jean-Paul II. Lest we forget, JC/DC also forayed into furniture design with a Ligne Roset collaboration. 

Throughout the years the prolific designer never ceased to design, keeping-up with the times while staying true to his roots. A noteworthy highlight in his fruitful career came in 2007 when the Fashion Museum of Paris honored him with a retrospective of his 40 years of design.

Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.