Born in 1983 in Paris, Altuzarra was raised by a Chinese-American mother and a French Basque father. As a boy he studied ballet for eight years. Joseph graduated from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in Art and Art History. Upon heading to New York, he interned at Marc Jacobs before his post at Proenza Schouler. Seeking to further enhance his technical construction skills, Joseph then apprenticed with patternmaker Nicolas Caïto, the former head of the Rochas atelier. Joseph later returned to Paris, working as first assistant to Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci.Altuzarra was awarded the CFDA Swarovski Award for Womenswear Design in 2012 and the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award in 2011. His other awards include: Crain's New York Business 40 Under 40, Fashion Group International Rising Star of the Year, Out 100 Vanguard of the Year, Ecco Domani Award and Forbes 30 Under 30. In 2014, he was awarded the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year Award. In 2019, his design of a women's all gold, full-length evening gown was worn by Awkwafina at the 2019 Met Gala whom he accompanied on the runway and entrance staircase on the evening of the event.
Movies & TV shows
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Making the Cut
Designers who face challenges and assignments that will test their design skills and ability to run all aspects of a business are featured on the show.
The Future of Fashion with Alexa Chung in New York
Watch Alexa Chung’s second Vogue documentary in all its glory, as she travels around her adopted fashion capital of New York City. She visits PR guru Brian Phillips, retail darlings Humberto Leon and ...