Design Credits: Patrick Kelly; Williwear; Andre Walker
Andre Walker might be the fashion world’s most unsung ghost designer or consultant of sorts. Walker, who staged a fashion show at age 15 at Oasis, a Brooklyn night club, designed for Willi Smith’s Williwear before moving to Paris and working for Patrick Kelly. He started producing his own line, showing his collections in New York and Paris, and became known for his sculptural designs that were ahead of their time—it’s been said that Jean Paul Gaultier referenced Walker’s work.
Walker has been lauded by the press, he even won an ANDAM Award in 2000 alongside Jeremy Scott, but he had trouble selling his pieces to stores. In 2005 he moved back to New York and spent years consulting for Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton, Kim Jones at his own line, and has recently helped out Virgil Abloh at Louis Vuitton. In 2014 he produced a collection for Dover Street Market, and in 2017, because he was lacking an archive, he showed newly constructed pieces based off his original designs at Paris Fashion Week.
Just last year he created a collection of upcycled furs for Yves Salomon. Although he’s not the biggest name in fashion, his contributions to design can’t be dismissed.