Fashion Designer Elvis Pompilio was born in Liège in 1961, the son of Italian immigrants. After studying fashion design in Brussels, he set up a millinery workshop in the Sainte-Catherine district of Brussels in 1987. He was commissioned by leading fashion houses, including Dior and Valentino, to design hats for their shows, and he also produced one-off hats for private clients. In 1990, he opened shops in Antwerp and Brussels, selling ready-to-wear hats for men and women, and was awarded the Belgian fashion industry’s Victor award. He works closely with young Belgian designers, including Ann Demeulemeester, Dirk Bikkembergs and Véronique Leroy. He has expanded his range to include spectacle frames, sunglasses, handbags and umbrellas, which are sold in department stores worldwide, particularly in the USA (Barneys, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and Nieman Marcus), Japan (Takashimaya) and Europe. He opened a boutique in Paris in 1992, and, three years later, a second shop in Brussels and one in London. He designed the accessories for collections by Chanel, Thierry Mugler, Céline, Hugo Boss and Ocimar Versolato, and some of his famous clients include Joan Collins, Harrison Ford, Madonna, Yannick Noah, Axelle Red, Mickey Rourke, Amélie Nothomb, Etienne Daho, Mauranne, the Duchess of York, Lady Linley, Queen Sonja of Norway, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and Queen Paola of the Belgians. In 2002, he decided to close all his shops and to concentrate on the design side of his business. He celebrated this change with a huge fashion show, recorded in a book published by Luc Pire. Since then, Elvis’s designs have included a “designer can” for Coca-Cola, a range of paint for Boss Paint and a range of terracotta vases. He is also involved in the work of the charity Dessine l’espoir (“Draw hope”). He was created an Officier de l’Ordre du Roi Léopold by King Albert II in 2006. The waxwork of Amélie Nothomb in the Musée Grevin in Paris wears one of his hats, and he also provided hats for the Louvre Museum’s exhibition L’homme paré: du 18e au 21e siècle. He also designed the hats that were presented as official gifts by the Belgian government to Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands during her state visit and by the Province of Liège to Queen Paola of the Belgians.