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Karl Templer

Creative Director, Interview Magazine

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One of fashion’s few superstar stylists and the former 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, the British creative's work has appeared on the pages of the aforementioned publications, in addition to Pop, W, V, and The New York Times, collaborating with a number of high-profile photographers such as  Steven Meisel , David Sims , Craig McDean . He has long-standing relationships with clients including Dior, Sacai, Alexander Wang , Moncler and Tommy Hilfiger .

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 men's campaign.

The stylist soon began to pick up bigger menswear clients like Nicole Farhi, DKNY, Costume National. 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. Templer is also an a creative consultant at Sacai, and styles campaigns and shows for Dior, Coach and Tommy Hilfiger. In 2019, Templer has shot campaigns and lookbooks for Zara, Alexander Wang, Moncler and Document Journal.

In 2018, Templer was amongst 25 other fashion industry veterans that were accused of sexual misconduct in an investigative report published by The Globe. Featuring testimonies by over 50 models, the report counted Templer among fashion photographers Mario Testino , Bruce Weber and Patrick Demarchelier who were accused months prior. Following the publication of the allegations, Templer responded with an open letter to WWD, dismissing the claims.


Interview Magazine

Interview Magazine

Creative Director

2009 - Present

New York, United States

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