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Damir Doma

Damir Doma
Born 1981
Virovitica, Croatia
Nationality Croatian
German
Education Esmod, Munich/Berlin
Occupation Fashion designer
Labels Damir Doma
Silent

Damir Doma is a fashion designer based in Paris.

Biography

Early life

Damir Doma is a fashion designer and creative director of the Parisian brand Damir Doma.[1] He was born in Virovitica, Croatia but grew up in Traunstein, the Bavarian part of Germany near the lake Chiemsee where his mother has a clothing atelier. Doma studied fashion in Munich and Berlin. He graduated in 2004 with magna cum laude from the l'Ecole Supérieure des Arts et techniques de la Mode fashion school in Munich and Berlin.[2] After his graduation Damir Doma moved to Belgian Fashion Capital Antwerp where he gained experience under the designer Raf Simons.

Fashion career

In 2006, after meeting Stephan Wembacher, the CEO of Swiss based venture firm Paper Rain, Damir Doma partnered with him and a label bearing his own name was launched in the same year. He debuted his Menswear collection for the Spring Summer 2008 season at the Paris Fashion Week in June 2007. Doma's style has been described as 'intellectual' and 'poetic'.[3] Damir cites Issey Miyake and Giorgio Armani as important influences on his work.[4] International celebrities such as Rosario Dawson, Rihanna, Robyn, Leigh Lezark, Lenny Kravitz, Beck, Usher, Kanye West, Nelly Furtado, ASAP Rocky, Bruce Springsteen, Jared Leto, Robert Pattinson and Mario Gomez are amongst the labels followers. ASAP Rocky mentioned Damir Doma among other high-fashion brands in the song "Fashion Killa" which is part of his 2013 album Long. Live. ASAP.

[5] According to the German high-fashion magazine ACHTUNG, Damir Doma is the most interesting young designer in Paris and for Germany's largest newspaper BILD, Damir Doma is the most important German fashion designer after Karl Lagerfeld and Jil Sander.[6]

In 2013, Dr. Concetta Lanciaux, the long time global head of strategy at WWD Next Wave of Designers

In Spring 2013 it was announced that Bernd Beetz, the former President of Christian Dior and longterm CEO of fragrance and beauty company Coty, Inc [8] joined the board of the DAMIR DOMA brand.

In 2009, the first Damir Doma Store opened in a hidden street in the Parisian art and fashion district Marais.[9] It has since been replaced in June 2012 by a 3-level boutique next door to Comme des Garçons on Rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré.[10] The designer launched a diffusion line called SILENT[11] in 2010, offering garments in his signature style with a more accessible price point. The first Damir Doma women's collection was presented during Paris Fashion Week on September 29, 2010.[12] At the women's prét-à-porter Fall Winter 2011 show Nicole Phelps of Style.com noted that: "Doma's aesthetic is a minimal one; he prefers a clean, uncluttered silhouette.[13]". By the Spring Summer 2013 Women's show, the same reviewer proclaimed Doma had his "click moment", explaining "It's when an up-and-coming designer figures out how to get out of his own head and get into the head of his customers".[14]

In April 2013, Pitti Imagine announced that Damir Doma will be the honoured guest designer of Pitti W No. 12 which will take place in June 2013 in the city of Florence.

Damir Doma is an official member of the Fédération française de la couture.

Projects

In 2009, Damir Doma launched his first fragrance in a limited edition of 2000 bottles in collaboration with the New York based Six Scents Perfumes,.[16] He was selected as a finalist in the Swiss Textile Award for 2010, where he showed both mens and womenswear silhouettes in Zurich.[17]

In 2011, Damir Doma was invited by Vogue Paris to be a part of the Petit Salon des Jeunes Createurs at the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris.[18] His designs were installed in an exhibition by interior designer Vincent Darré of the Maison Darré in Paris, and fêted in a cocktail party by the fashion magazine.[19] His work also featured in the Arnhem Mode Biennale,[20] where he built up a white desert from Akzo Nobel salt crystals and placed his Autumn Winter 2011-12 Men's and Women's silhouettes within the installation.

In 2012, Damir Doma opened a new flagship store at 54 Rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris, France.[21] The three-level store sits adjacent to Comme des Garçons and features travertine marble floors, bronze fittings and a blasted mirror ceiling.[22]

The year also marked Doma's 2nd eyewear collaboration, this time with the Berlin-based company Mykita, for which he designed luxury frames in gold, graphite and titanium trimmed with horn.[23]

References

External links

  • Official homepage
  • Fashion Model Directory
  • Review on Style.com
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