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. 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” - 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.