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Andreas Kronthaler 10 Personal Facts, Bio, Wiki
Born: January 26, 1966 (age 56 years), Tyrol, Austria
Education: University of Applied Arts Vienna
Spouse: Vivienne Westwood (m. 1993–2022)
Andreas Kronthaler is an Austrian creative director and design partner. He is the widower of the late fashion designer Vivienne Westwood.
Kronthaler was born in Tyrol, Austria.
In 1980, he went to Ortwein art school in Graz, Austria, where he spent five years training to be a jeweler. During this time, he began to experiment with fashion, making clothes at home to be sold to friends and in local stores.
He studied Industrial Design at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and switched to fashion design.
In 1988, Kronthaler met Vivienne Westwood while she was teaching fashion design at the Vienna School of Applied Art. In 1989, he moved to London to work for her firm. Their first joint collection was the Spring–Summer 1991 collection: Cut and Slash.
In this collection, Kronthaler presented Renaissance-inspired gowns – later named the Sun Wheel dress.
Kronthaler and Westwood married in 1992. They continued to develop collections together. They were married until Westwood’s death on 29 December 2022.
For the wedding of the imprisoned journalist and founder of WikiLeaks Julian Assange to Stella Morris in March 2022 in Belmarsh Prison, the groom wore an outfit based on a Scottish kilt and the bride a dress with a graffiti application, both designs by Kronthaler and his wife, Vivienne Westwood.
While Kronthaler initially was a silent design partner and creative director, in 2016 Westwood acknowledged his commitment and influence on the Gold Label collection over 25 years by renaming the line Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood.
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Andreas Kronthaler was born 1966 and grew up in the Zillertal valley in the Tyrol, Austria. His father was a blacksmith and mother came from a family of dairy farmers and she had a little antiques shop.
Andreas Kronthaler’s first foray into the arts was at the age of 14 when he entered art school in Graz, Austria where he spent the next five years training to be a jeweller.
During this period, Kronthaler also experimented with various mediums, experimenting in sculptures and installations as well as with sewing and textiles.
He always wanted to be a fashion designer and as a way of supporting himself through school, he was making clothes which he sold to stores locally and this curiosity and self-sufficiency was probably where his talent in fashion first blossomed.
After completing his Diploma, Kronthaler applied for a place in the Vienna School of Applied Arts to study Industrial Design. He continued his clothes-making business to pay his way through school and developed his tailoring skills along the way.
Soon he realised that his interest was in fashion and reapplied to do fashion design.
In 1988, Kronthaler met Vivienne Westwood, the person who would change the course of his life, when she arrived to teach at the university in his first year.
She thought he was the most talented person she ever met, and has said they’re perfectly matched. During the year, Kronthaler created a series of dresses inspired by the Renaissance.
Circular and over-length, the dresses could be worn in infinite ways by incorporating a belt. Westwood recognised a talent and invited Kronthaler to London to develop this system.
In 1989, Kronthaler came to London where he worked with Westwood on her collection and also took the opportunity to expand on the design of these dresses. Entitled “sun-wheel dresses”, they were finally used in Westwood’s collection in the same season.
Since then, Kronthaler stayed on with Vivienne Westwood where his role progressed and grew, collaborating and working with Westwood to develop subsequent collections.
Kronthaler and Westwood got married in 1992. Over the years, Kronthaler has chosen to be a silent partner, preferring to take a less public role but their partnership is nevertheless one of fashion’s most formidable.
While Westwood was unconventional and challenging, Kronthaler was driven by quality and progress. He has an amazing attention to details. Together, they were able to stimulate, support and encourage one another.
In 1993, his wife named her trademark ‘MacAndreas’ tartan after him. Andreas Kronthaler is the creative force and inspiration for Vivienne Westwood MAN, and he isn’t afraid to design and wear what suits his personality.
Today, Vivienne Westwood is one of the most important British brands with an international presence and an incredibly strong brand identity.
Andreas Kronthaler remains the Creative Director of the company overseeing the seasonal collection of four clothing ranges – Gold Label, Red Label, Man and Anglomania as well as bags, jewellery, footwear and eyewear.