Richard Saturnino Owens (born November 18, 1962), known as Rick Owens, is an American fashion designer from Porterville, California.
Owens studied fine arts at Otis College of Art and Design, in Los Angeles, for two years before dropping out and taking pattern-making and draping courses at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. His own label began in 1994 and found a following, selling exclusively to Charles Gallay, a pioneering Los Angeles retailer who kept Owens in business for several years.
He showed his first runway collection in September 2002 during New York Fashion Week. The show was sponsored by American Vogue and Anna Wintour listed him as one of her three “Most Fabulous Recent Discoveries,” and described his look as "glamour-meets-grunge".
In the same year, Owens was appointed artistic director at Revillon, the French fur company that was founded in 1723.
Working and producing in Europe led him to his move from Los Angeles to Paris and show during the Paris collections. He also began his longstanding collaboration with stylist Panos Yiapanis, who has been working with Owens on all his catwalk shows to date.
In 2002, Owens won the Council of Fashion Designers of America Perry Ellis Emerging Talent Award. In 2007, he was awarded a Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award and the Fashion Group International's Rule Breaking award.