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Jens Laugesen was born in Denmark in 1967. Arriving in Paris in 1987 he studied Haute Couture Design at the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, graduating as top student in 1991. He subsequently worked as a freelance fashion journalist for the Scandinavian press, before graduating in 1994 with a masters degree in Fashion Management from the Institut Franais de la Mode in Paris The following six years saw Laugesen working for a number of internationally renowned design houses in Paris at both haute couture and ready-to-wear levels.
In 2000 Jens Laugesen relocated to London, joining the MA fashion (womenswear) course at Central St Martins graduating in 2002. His graduate collection was chosen by Paris boutique Maria Luisa to be exhibited in the windows of the store during Haute Couture Week in July 2002.
His first off-schedule runway presentation was held in September 2002 as part of Fashion East.
During last London Fashion Week in February 2003 Jens Laugesen received the prestigious New Generation Award sponsored by Topshop and the British Fashion Council, this enabled him to stage his first individual on-schedule runway. His runway show was widely acclaimed and reviewed in publications such as International Herald Tribune, Financial Times and The Times. The Guardian rated the collection amongst London Fashion Week's 'Top Five shows'.
Most recently Jens Laugesen has received for the second time the New Generation Award. He will therefore show his second on-schedule runway presentation in September 2003 during the coming London Fashion Week. This will also be the launch of a first capsule collection designed for Topshop who are also supporting his runway presentation.
He is currently also working on a short film video project about 'morphing' with SHOWstudio.com, the art fashion gallery website founded by photographer Nick Knight
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