Istvan (1956). Serbian designer, born in Subotica, on the border with Hungary. He studied at the Academy of Applied Arts in Belgrade and completed his education at the Parsons School of Design in New York. His career has included work in addition to fashion. For example, he has been the picture editor of books dedicated to Simone de Beauvoir and to the Paris of the 1930s and 1940s, and he has designed sets and costumes for the theater. His fame in the fashion world is especially linked to the Donna Karan brand, for which he worked from 1987 to early 2000 (men’s and women’s collection for the main line and the Signature Collection). For three seasons, starting with the Spring-Summer collection in 2001, he was chief designer and creative director of Maska Group. Since the Spring-Summer 2001 season he has designed a line under his own name produced by Fin.Part.
He is chosen to coordinate the team for Cerruti’s first lines in collaboration with Samantha Sung (formerly with Ralph Lauren) for women’s wear and Adrien Smith (formerly of Gucci and Ferré) for men’s wear.
He is back at Donna Karan, after a first experience that lasted 14 years.
He is appointed head director of DKNY men’s wear.