Chris Gelinas is a New York based womenswear designer. Gelinas challenges conventional approaches to design through a commitment to rigorous technical development and innovation, working to bridge the gap between pioneering techniques and the classic convention of luxury and femininity. Gelinas has been quickly recognized for his innovative approach and attention to detail, becoming a finalist in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund (2015), elected as a U.S. finalist for the International Woolmark Prize (2015), shortlisted as a finalist in the first LVMH Young Fashion Designers prize (2014) and his debut CG collection won the MADE for Peroni Young Designer Award (2013).
Gelinas graduated with a design degree from Parsons School of Design. He refined his technical skills at some of the industry’s most acclaimed fashion houses including Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Balenciaga, and as first assistant to Olivier Theyskens at Theyskens’ Theory.
Born in Canada, Gelinas spent much of his childhood abroad where he learned to appreciate the aesthetic richness of diverse cultures and environments. This eye for detail fueled a fascination for clothing and construction, an affinity that matured by studying his grandmother, a seamstress, and his grandfather, a woodworker and upholsterer.
Gelinas is dedicated to a movement that supports local industry, creating and producing much of his collection in New York with the highest level of skill and craftsmanship