From sending Crocs down the runway at Paris Fashion Week to re-inventing IKEA’s classic FRAKTA bag, Georgian designer Dema Gvasalia has become a household name and unstoppable force in the fashion industry.

Before making a name for himself as the Creative Director of Balenciaga, Gvasalia made his start at the prestigious Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium. Following in the footsteps of academy alumnis Dries Van Notten, Kris Van Assche, and Haider Ackerman, Gvasalia eventually went onto lead teams at Maison Margiela and Louis Vuitton.

Just before leaving the LV brand in 2015, Gvasalia founded fashion label Vetements, which quickly became known for its unorthodox approach to design concepts. Now working as Creative Director at Balenciaga (replacing Alexander Wang), the designer continues to push the boundaries of fashion design.

With today marking his 37th birthday, we’ve compiled together a video timeline on the life of Denma. From his early childhood in Soviet Georgia to his seasonal capsules as Vetements and Balenciaga, we’ve got everything you need to know about the elusive figure.

For more, click the play button above.

When you’re finished watching, check out these Hawaiian shirts from China’s biggest streetwear brand

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Words by Candice Nembhard
Staff Writer

A Berlin-based gal from Brum.