Christophe Coppens lives and works between Barcelona and Los Angeles.
CC studied theatre and created his first experimental hat collection in 1990 which was picked up from the start by international buyers and press. Through the years his activities extended to complete accessories collections for men and women and opening outlets in Antwerp, Bruges and Brussels. He would also present his collections twice a year during Paris and Japan Fashion Week. Alongside he worked on collaborations for the fashion shows of international renowned designers making hats for the likes of Issey Miyake, Guy laroche, JuunJ, Songzio and Manish Arora, and he created one of a kind presentations for high-end world class retailers Charivay NY, Frank et Fils Paris, and Joyce Hong Kong and Paris, among others. In Japanhe found distribution and representation in fashion group HPGRP.
In addition Coppens has made accessories for pop stars such as Rihanna, Grace Jones, Scissor Sisters, Chicks On Speed and Beth Ditto, and he has worked most closely with Roisin Murphy, particularly on all the costumes worn by the performer during her 2008/09 ‘Overpowered’ world tour. CC presented his first couture accessories collection in 2006 during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, displaying spectacular theatrical skills and the surreal undertone that has become his signature style since the early beginnings. That same year HP France opened his first shop in Tokyo, and he presented his couture collection during Japan Fashion Week.
In 2010 he was named Royal Warrant Holder in Belgium , recognition that came after more than 15 years making accessories for the Belgian Royal Family. At then end of 2011, to celebrate his 20 career anniversary as a milliner and artist, Coppens opened an exhibition to show and auction some of his most outstanding couture pieces and artworks, hosted by Pierre Berge& Associates in Brussels.
In early 2012, following this event, he launched a retrospective book ‘Homework’ encompassing these pieces and other highlights of his career. The book was listed among the New York Times' ‘Summer’s 2012 must-reads’’.
But 2012 would also mark a very important episode in his career, when, after 21 years of making work on the edge of art and fashion Coppens decided to close his company to focus exclusively on his work as an artist. At this point his label was sold in 140 shops worldwide, his name was heard among fashion connoisseurs and he had become arguably one of the most celebrated milliners in Japan.
Coppens expressed his view on this transition in the exhibition “Everything Is Local: Landscape 1” at the prestigious Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. The show is a journey through the first six months following this violent break, how to deal with loss, letting go of the past and looking at the future.
In 2015 CC was appointed head of a new Master Program at Sandberg Instituut Amstrdam.That same year he designed the costumes for the opera "To Be Sung" at De Munt Brussels and also designed 15 new masks for Roisin Murphy's world tour.
In March 2017 CC will return to the theater and direct his first opera at De Munt/La Monnaie in Brussels. FOXIE! The Cunning Little Vixen by Janacek. In June 2018 he will direct his second opera "Bluebeard's Castle".
2016 The Treasure Joyce Hong Kong
2016 50 Masks-Made In America-Please Do Not Enter Los Angeles
2015 Works On Paper-Stephane Simoens Gallery Knokke
2015 Early Paintings-HPGRP Gallery Tokyo
2014 Early Paintings-HPGRP Gallery NYC
2013 The Hills Are Alive : Landscape 2 - Tokyo
2013 Everything is Local : Landscape 1 - Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam
2011 Barbra - Highlight Gallery San Francisco Highlight Gallery
2011 CC 20 years - Pierre Berge Auction House Brussels
2008 No References - Platform 21 Amsterdam
2006 Dream Your Dream II - Gallery Joyce Paris
2005 Dream Your Dream - Yoyogi Stadium Tokyo
2003 The Dollhouse III: Return to the Dollhouse - Z33 Hasselt
2002 The Dollhouse II: Life Goes On - Brakke Grond Amsterdam
2001 The Dollhouse - Museum Charlier Brussels
2017 The Overworked Body: An Anthology of 2000's Dress NYC
2017 Powermask-The Power Of Masks- Wereldmuseum Rotterdam
2015 The Future Of Fashion - Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam
2011 ARRRGH Monsters in Fashion - Athens
2011 The Art Of Fashion - Wolfsburg Museum
2009 The Art Of Fashion - Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam