Born in 1961 in California, Rick Owens founded his own fashion label in 1994. In 2002 he won the Council of Fashion Designers of America Perry Ellis Emerging Talent Award. In 2007 he was awarded the prestigious Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award. His first furniture collection was shown in Paris in 2007 at Jousse Entreprise and subsequently in London in 2009. In addition to being a seminal figure in fashion design, Owens is a major new talent in furniture design.