Alain Paul was born in Hong Kong in 1989 to a French father and a Danish-Brazilian mother. In 1997, the family relocated to France where he enrolled in the Opéra École National Supérieur de Danse de Marseille, presently the home of the (La)Horde company, in 1998. His upbringing was shaped by the rigour and discipline of contemporary ballet. At age eighteen, he sought a new creative outlet for the self-expression he had experienced through ballet and took up fashion studies in Paris. In 2014, he joined the newly-established Vetements under the creative direction of Demna and the executive direction of Guram Gvasalia where he remained until 2017. Between 2018 and 2022, he served on Virgil Abloh’s design team at Louis Vuitton. Alain Paul co-founded his eponymous label, ALAINPAUL, with his husband Luis Philippe in 2023.