Karl Templer Patrick Demarchelier

Karl Templer

Creative Director, Interview Magazine

The founding creative director of the Warholian fashion magazine and veteran stylist has a distinctively dark and moody edge.

United Kingdom Creative Class 2013 BoF 500 2013 2014 BoF 500 2014

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The founding creative director of the Warholian fashion magazine and veteran stylist has a distinctively dark and moody edge.

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Biography

One of fashion’s few superstar stylists and the creative director of Interview magazine, Templer is at the top of the styling field. Templer came to industry wide renown during his time as creative director of Arena Homme Plus, and through his work at French and Italian Vogue and W. For more than a decade, Templer's work has appeared on the pages of the aforementioned publications, plus Pop, W, V, and The New York Times with photographers including Steven Meisel, David Sims, Craig McDean and Fabien Baron.  He has long-standing relationships with clients including Valentino, Sacai, Alexander Wang, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein.

Templer told Industrie, “I was always really into clothes, and that led me to get a Saturday job in a menswear store in London called Woodhouse. Working there, I started going to clubs and my taste in music started to broaden, and began following style magazines like i-D, Blitz and mainly The Face, as well as sometimes British Vogue."

“I wanted to do pictures that reflected what I was into at the time. So I did some test pictures of guys in baseball jackets in an arcade and showed them to the art director of The Face at the time, Phil Bicker.” Templer then moved to New York and was introduced to Richard Avedon, when the pair worked on a Hugo Boss mens campaign.

Contemporaneously the stylist began to pick up bigger clients, Nicole Farhi, DKNY, Costume National “all menswear, but it was great.” The jump to womenswear came naturally, ‘I was adding more womenswear into some of the fashion stories I was working on and then Steven Meisel booked me for Italian Vogue.’ Templer was 27 at the time.

Meisel continues to call upon Templer to style Italian Vogue today, the pair are prolific collaborators at the magazine. In addition Templer is a creative consultant at Sacai, has styled both the men’s and women’s Valentino campaigns and shows for the last three years, and completed campaigns for Coach, J Brand, Tommy Hilfiger and Belstaff. 

Career

  • Interview Magazine
    Interview Magazine

    Creative Director 2009 - Present, New York, United States

  • Arena Homme Plus
    Arena Homme Plus

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