Class of 2022

Christopher Bevans is the Creative Director of DYNE, a liminal menswear brand that he launched in 2015. A native of New York, Bevans began his career apprenticing at a local tailoring house of which he became the owner at the age of 19. His roots as an expert tailor developed into a passion that carried him to the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). From 2003 to 2007, he was Design Director of Nike’s Blue Ribbon Sports Division and was instrumental in initiating Roger Federer’s now-famous “RF” logo. In 2013, he was named a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab Director’s Fellow.

Bevans then proceeded to work with top brands such as Billionaire Boys Club, Head (Tennis), Sean John, Yeezy, Smithsonian, New York Cosmos, and the MacArthur Foundation. Bevans also created bespoke designs for clients such as Jay-Z, Pharrell Williams, LeBron James, and John Legend. He also consults for companies such as Save the Duck, SPYDER, and BeastMode.

In the past few years, DYNE has been recognized globally as a leading menswear label, honored with multiple awards, including the 2017 Woolmark Innovation Prize. He was also a finalist for the 2017 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.

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