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Josephus Melchior Thimister (born 16 September 1962) is a Dutch interior decorator and noted fashion designer who launched his eponymous fashion label, THIMISTER in 1997. In 2001, the editor-in-chief of Vogue USA Anna Wintour named Josephus Thimister as one of the twenty-first best fashion designers.[1] In 2010, the New York Times described his couture show and its pieces as, “fascinating (…) quite clear in military shapes and broken elegance. Dresses like melted down family silver”[2] - Cathy Horyn. After a brief period with Karl Lagerfeld as an assistant, he worked as a designer along Jean Patoubefore being appointed director of luxury prêt-à-porter at the renowned house of Balenciaga. It was for the next five and a half years that Thimister would spend reviving the brand with his pure, succinctly modernist vision. He then set up his own Paris-based house in 1997, and has since presented both haute couture and prêt-à-porter collections under his name.