Fashion Designer Helmut Lang was born in 1956 in Vienna, Austria. Before turning to fashion design, Lang went to a local trade academy and was trained to become a businessman. His career switch to fashion was accompanied by the opening of his first own studio in 1977. In the mid-eighties he became a celebrated designer with his first ready-to-wear collections in his hometown Vienna.
Born: Vienna, Austria, 1956
First break: Opened his own studio in 1977
Company founded: 1986
Based in: New York
Selected awards:CFDA board member and Designer of the Year in (2000), GQ Designer of the Year (2004)
Signature quote: “It is all about today. It has to do with my personality, with my life, and with the idea that quality doesn't go out of style every six months."
Worn by: Jude Law, Bill Murray, Quentin Tarantino, Orlando Bloom, Ben Kingsley, Josh Hartnett, Jared Leto
Random fact: As a teenager, he was not permitted to wear jeans.