Malan Breton Biography
Malan Breton is a New York City-based fashion designer, film, and music video director, columnist, costume designer, television and film producer, actor, and Goodwill Ambassador to Taiwan. Over the duration of his career, he has launched the labels “Malan Breton” (2005), “Malan Breton Homme” (2010), and “Fantôme Malan Breton” (2012).
His labels comprise of menswear, womenswear, accessories, underwear, fragrance, cosmetics, and bridal. Over the years Malan’s products have been worn by notable personalities like Ariana Grande, Celine Dion, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Wesley, Olivia Attwood, and Lilla Crawford among others.
Malan Breton Early Life
Malan was born on the 16th of June 1973 in Taipei City in Taiwan. At age 11 was when his interest in fashion design started showing. As he grew up, he became a performer. His skill in design was all self-taught since he never attended any design school.
Malan Breton Career
One of his earliest roles was as a model. Back in 1996, he moved to New York after he got a request from Versus and KCD to cast for the New York fashion week Spring 1997 Collection shows. During his time as a Model, his photos were taken by famous photographers and directors like Herb Ritts, Len Prince, Hype Williams, Thom Oliphant, Joseph Kahn.
Here, he started off as a stylist. During this time, he styled such personalities as Kylie Minogue, Celine Dion, and Linda Evangelista. Over time, he moved into the fashion industry and thanks to his experience as a stylist, he managed himself well. He was mentored by Arnold Scaasi. In addition, he got some training at the British heritage brand Turnbull & Asser. He was maned one of the 12 new designers to watch for on the runway in Women’s Wear Dailies “Cheat Sheet” by WWD in 2005.
His first flagship store was opened in 2007 at NYC’s East Village. In 2008, his collection expanded in order to accommodate Malan Breton Accessories. In 2010, he expanded again to accommodate Malan Breton Homme (Men). In 2012, he released Fantôme Malan Breton leading to another expansion. After getting his first license in 2014, he ventured into Outerwear. He was also named #26 on IMDb’s list of the one hundred most popular Tapei-born people in entertainment.
Malan Breton, for some time, made weekly contributions to OK! Magazine’s “Malan’s Musings”. He also covered the 2010 Academy Awards held on the 7th of March. His coverage was published in OK! Magazine’s “Malan Breton Takes on Oscar Fashion!” column. Lastly, he and Jeannie Mai covered the 2012 Golden Globes for OK Magazine.
Malan was featured in an episode of E! Television Fashion Emergency. The Episode featured performing in the 1998 revival of Cabaret on Broadway. He even became the promo voice of ESPN Extreme Sports from 1999-2005. In 2003, he also did the promo voice for ABC Sports. He garnered prominence in 2006 after coming in 14th place in the 3rd season of Project Runway. Malan Breton’s life and experiences as an independent designer was made into a show called The Malan Show featured on BravoTV.com as a weekly web series.
His collection and himself was featured in an episode of Australia’s Next Top Model titled “New York, New York” as well as an episode of MTV News titled “‘Project Runway’ Alumni Stand Out At New York Fashion Week” in 2008. In 2009, he appeared on MTV Detox, on an episode titled “On ‘MTV Detox’: Jim Cantiello With No Pants!”. For 2010, he and Care and Share India rang the NASDAQ closing bell in Times Square. The year after, his label Malan Breton Homme, and himself were featured in an episode of MTV news titled “It’s A ‘Party And Rock And Roll’ Lifestyle For Jim”.
Malan Breton and Celeste Holm starred in the comedy College Debts in 2015. The year after, he got featured in an episode of “The Real Housewives of New York City” titled “Airing Your Dirty Laundry”. In 2017, he appeared in an episode of Good Day New York on Fox Television Stations. Most recently, he, and his collection, was featured on an episode of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” titled “Thank you, Thuck you” on Bravo.
In addition to appearing in shows, he has also designed costumes for such shows as:
- Quantico (2018)
- The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (2018)
- Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve (2018) Specialty Costumes for the country music band Florida Georgia Line
- Kristine W Stars (2018)
- RuPaul’s Drag Race (2017)
- America’s Next Top Model (2017)
- American Music Awards (2017)
- BET Awards Specialty costumes for Ray J (2017)
- Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul (2017)
- The Real Housewives of New York City (2016)
- Vanderpump Rules (2017)
- America’s Best Dance Crew MTV (2016)
- Lethal Weapon (2016)
- Style Code Live (2016)
- Breaking Bad (2008 – 13)
- The Real Housewives of New York City (2011)
- Minute to Win It (2010 – 11)
- Australia’s Next Top Model 2008
- A-List Awards Bravo 2008
Malan Breton Awards and Recognitions
- Named “The Most Tweeted-About Fashion Brand in 2017 Collaborated with Gigi Hadid” by InStyle Magazine in 2018
- Named “The Top Tweets Of Spring/Summer 2018” by Vogue (British magazine) in 2017
- His brand was named “The Most-Tweeted About Brand During #NYFW May Surprise You” by Instyle Magazine in 2016
- 2016 Taiwan Tourism Award
- 2016 Fashion Group International “Rising Star” (Menswear)
- Named top three most mentioned on Twitter” according to Socialbakers data by Socialbakers in 2015.
- 2015 Taiwan Tourism Award
- NYIFF Best Documentary Short, Director “Malan Breton A Journey to Taiwan”
- 2014 United Colours of Fashion “Fashion Icon”
- 2014 European Fashion Council, Bulgarian Fashion Awards, “Eirene”
- Nominated for the WGSN Global Fashion Award “Outstanding Collaboration, Malan Breton and NBC”.
- January 2016, CNA News Taiwan noted Breton, as ambassador to Taiwan for Tourism.