New York label Creatures of the Wind was founded in 2008 by Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters. Both Peters and Gabier are graduates of The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Fashion Design. After graduating, Gabier moved to Antwerp, Belgium, where he worked first for menswear designer Dirk Schonberger, and later worked for womenswear designer Jurgi Persoons. Peters spent two years doing specialty handwork as a studio assistant to the artist and designer Nick Cave.
Known for their bold use of color and mixture of fabrics and textures, the designers have recently expanded their brand to develop original prints and a commercial line of sweaters. In 2013, Creatures of the Wind was named one of WWD’s Top Ten New American Fashion Brands to watch, as well as being listed as one the best up-and-coming labels in Business of Fashion’s BoF 500. In 2011, Gabier and Peters were named runners-up in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.
They were honored as Fashion Group International’s Rising Stars in 2011 and were finalists in the International Woolmark Prize for 2013. They were also one of 30 international brands to be shortlisted for the 2014 LVMH Prize. Following nominations in 2012 and 2013, the duo were awarded the CFDA Swarovski Award for Womenswear in 2014.
Creatures of the Wind have been a part of the Swarovski Collective since Autumn/Winter 2012.
AW 2017 COLLECTION
Inspired by 1950s couture and injecting their signature psychedelic twist , Creatures of the Wind’s Autumn/Winter 2017 collection integrates Swarovski crystal motifs in graphic, modern ways.
SS 2017 COLLECTION
Polished, dark beauty meets sophisticated silhouettes in Creatures of the Wind’s ephemeral Spring/Summer collection. Inspired by the heavenly realms and 50s pop music and design, ornate Swarovski crystal appliques were seen across mod pant and skirt suits.
AW 2016 COLLECTION
Creatures of the Wind's Autumn/Winter 2016 collection paired silhouettes of the utmost simplicity with fresh, ladylike volumes. With Swarovski crystal integrated into mid-century embroidery techniques, the collection played between mastery of technique and a near-stylized modernity.
SS 2016 COLLECTION
Creatures of the Wind's Spring/Summer 2016 collection was an inspired nod to 90's gothic glamor with spaghetti straps and satin florals playing against boxy, bold form. Powerful jacquard and crystal detailing lines the sleeves and lapels for a collection that was at once masculine and insouciantly feminine.
AW 2015 COLLECTION
Playing on texture, pattern, and materials, the Creatures of the Wind Autumn/Winter 2015 collection was equal parts psychedelic and chic. Combining tailored wool classics with flowing silk chiffon and metallics, the collection referenced key moments of American culture.
SS 2015 COLLECTION
Known for their bold use of color and mixture of fabrics and textures, Creatures of the Wind played with the concept of mirages this season. The collection comprised of a juxtaposition of cultures and craft, with crystals offering brilliant hints of light.
SS 2014 COLLECTION
Design duo Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters dubbed their collection Hail Hyperborea, after the paradise of Greek mythology where the sun shines 24 hours a day and everyone lives forever. Playing on the idea of endless space, the designers embroidered constellations of Swarovski crystal onto structured jackets and blazers.
AW 2013 COLLECTION
“Working with Swarovski opens up an entirely new world and gives us so many opportunities to use interesting and new materials. It brings a new component to our work, and we find it really amazing to see how well Swarovski Elements compliment the clothes.”
SS 2013 COLLECTION
“Spring/Summer 2013 is an exploration of the connection and bridge between 1960s couture and workwear, contrasted with twisted, soft shapes. Our approach with Swarovski this season will focus on the purely decorative and we will use Swarovski Elements to create geometric, linear structures and repeat patterned shapes. We are thrilled to have Swarovski Elements available to us; they introduce a unique component to our work.”