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Gerald Watelet

Fashion designer

Born in Namur, Gerald Watelet was influenced in his childhood by fashion, Classical music, opera and the theatre. From his explosive arrival on the fashion scene as a young Belgian prodigy in 1992, he has developed close links with the best French fashion ateliers, including Lesage, Lemarié, Vermont, Goosens and Xavier Lummen.

His collaboration with Philippe Venet led him to develop ways of working with double-faced fabrics. He also developed an unmistakable personal style characterised by strict lines, minimalism, sobriety, comfort and femininity.

His designs are mere veils, which aim to promote the beauty and uniqueness of each woman who wears them: WOMEN are at the heart of everything he does.

Sponsored by Mme. Carven, he presented his 1994 collections at the Camera della Moda e de la Alta Moda in Rome, the Grand Hotel in Paris and in New York. In 1996, he was elected to the Chambre syndicale de la Couture parisienne.

In 2002, as part of the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Musées royaux de Belgique, Gerald Watelet was commissioned to design new uniforms for the museums’ staff. He also regularly designs outfits for the female members of the Belgian and Luxembourgeois royal families. He now has his own atelier at 62 rue François Ier in Paris (previously occupied by Philippe Venet) where his team includes many former members of staff from the haute-couture division of Yves Saint-Laurent.

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