Oliver Theyskens was born in Belgium, and created his first collection in 1997 at the age of 20. He calls his designs "semicouture". He creates brilliant, grown-up dresses, coats, and suits notable for their perfect cut, shape, and sophisticated color palette. "Definitely not for little girls, these are clothes for confident women with a sense of drama (Who's Who in Fashion, Holly Alford). His customer list includes Madonna, Nicole Kidman, and Queen Rania of Jordan. He has also been creative director at Rochas, and artistic director at Nina Ricci.