Kris van Assche (born 12 May 1976 in Belgium) is a Belgian fashion designer.
Van Assche studied at the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts, in Antwerp from 1994 to 1998.
After graduating he moved to Paris in 1998. He was immediately appointed at Yves Saint Laurent as Hedi Slimane’s first assistant for the Rive Gauche Homme line. The collaboration with Mr. Slimane continued at Christian Dior for the launching and development of the hugely successful Dior Homme collection until September 2004. In January 2005, Kris finally presented his own men’s collection for the first time in Paris during Men’s Fashion Week. Today he heads his own label, KRISVANASSCHE, and is the artistic director for Dior Homme since April 2007.
In June 2013, he opened the first KRISVANASSCHE boutique in Paris. Designed by Ciguë, it is located in the 1st arrondissement, at 16 rue Saint Roch.
In late May 2015, after several years of collections often judged as irrelevant by the critics and a style outdated by the new Londoner designers (such as JW Anderson or Christopher Shannon), Van Assche announced that he was closing his personal label for the time being, due to the difficulties of being an independent label.
Often minimalist, his clothes are characterized by an almost religious attention to details. The unshakable color palette of shades of black, gray, blue or chocolate seems to evoke the northern light. He offers a softened elegance through essential pieces of clothing that adapt to the multiple lives of those who wear them. He also likes mixing a classical precision with the ruggedness of workwear or the technique of sportswear. Despite this strictness, the style of Kris Van Assche reflects a transversal inspiration. Even though some looks appear similar at first sight, they are feeds by various references such as Amish (Dior Homme Summer 2011) or North Africa silhouettes, workwear wardrobe (KRISVANASSCHE winter 2012-13), menswear clichés (the Sailor for Dior Homme Summer 2013) or even conceptual notions ("lessness" for Dior Homme Summer 2011).