Joseph Altuzarra was born and raised in Paris, France. Joseph moved to the United States after graduating high school to attended Swarthmore College in Philadelphia. He completed his B.A. in Art and Art History, with a strong focus in fashion and architecture. After receiving his degree, Joseph headed to New York where he was hired as a design intern at the Marc Jacobs studio. Experiencing fashion first hand, Joseph was able to join the Proenza Schouler team as a freelance designer. In 2006, Riccardo Tisci recruited Joseph as the design assistant for Givenchy. In 2008, at only twenty-five years old, Joseph decided to move back to New York and launch his own line. From his liberal arts education to his exposure and work with prominent designers in New York, the combination of these experiences led to the creation of ALTUZARRA. Since the first season of ALTUZARRA, the line has continuously grown with each collection. Joseph has developed trademark body-conscious, flattering and feminine clothing. In only four short years, the distribution has grown to more than fifty doors, and has won prestigious awards including the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award in 2011. Joseph Altuzarra describes his spring 2012 collection as sport and utility wear melded with a kitschy, tropical vibe. Joseph states “that we’re really evolving our language from one season to the next, as opposed to revolutionizing it.” Lana Del Ray wore a custom black-and-silver hand-embroidered gown to the 2012 Met Gala.
Jennifer Aniston wore Altuzarra on the cover of an issue of Marie Claire.
Kim Kardashian wore an Altuzarra dress to An Evening of ‘Southern Style’ presented by the St. Bernard Project & the Spears family at a private residence on May 11, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.
Other celebrities who have worn Altuzarra include Brooklyn Decker, Kerry Washington, Angelina Jolie, Leighton Meester, Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Watson, Mary J. Blige, and many more.