Born in Amsterdam, Ronaldus Shamask moved to London at the age of twenty-one where he began painting as well as illustrating fashion for the London Times and Observer.

In 1968, Mr. Shamask visited the United States on an invitation from the multi-media artists' organization called The Company of Man, based in Buffalo, New York.  Mr. Shamask remained with the company for three years, designing sets and costumes for ballet and theatre, including the production of "The Lightening Conductor" set to the original score by Thomas Lukas Foss that was presented at the Albright Knox Art Museum.

In 1978, Mr. Shamask opened his design studio-retail store on Madison Avenue, New York City and exhibited his first women's couture collection.  The critical acclaim for his work was extraordinary.  "Intimate Architecture", "Architectural Clothing", "The Architect of Style" were all phrases coined to describe the designer and his clothing.  This combined with generous coverage in WWD, Vogue, People Magazine, Life, New York Times, and other major publications, both in and out of the fashion industry, led to Mr. Shamask's receiving the prestigious Coty Fashion Award in 1981, scarcely two years after his first showing.

In the fall of 1985, Mr. Shamask presented his first menswear collection.  Again, within two years, Mr. Shamask was voted Outstanding Designer by the Council of Fashion Designs of America.

I think what struck me the first time I looked at this collection was the whole integrated aesthetic of the way the body moves and [Shamask's use of] geometry—that a rigorous geometric aesthetic could also work on the body. Intellectually, I find he is a really interesting designer.  -  Dilys Blum

In 1996, Mr. Shamask launched his own company SHAMASK.  His women's collection is sold at department and specialty stores nationwide, i.e. Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Takashimaya and Stanley Korshak.


  • Woolmark Award, (Men's wear), 1989
  • Confederation Internationale du Lin Fil d'Or Award, (Men's & Women's wear), 1989, 1987, & 1985
  • Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Award, (Women's Wear), 1987
  • American Fashion Critics Coty Award, (Women's wear), 1981


  • Ronaldus Shamask: Form, Fashion, Reflection. Philadelphia Museum Of Art. 2012
  • Goddess. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York. 2003
  • Cubism and Fashion. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York. 1999
  • Art and Fashion. The Guggenheim Museum. New York (In collaboration with the artist Arman). 1997
  • Japonism in Fashion. Kyoto Fashion Institute. Tokyo. 1996
  • Bare Witness. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York. 1996
  • Reflect Id. Tenri Gallery. New York. 1994
  • Infra Apparel. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York. 1989
  • Intimate Architecture: Contemporary Clothing Design. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Cambridge Mass. 1982


  • Collaborations with Mikhali Baryshnikov: "The Good Army" (World Premier, Tokyo), 1995
  • Collaborations with Lucinda Childs:
    • for The Bavarian National Ballet of the Munich Opera House (World Premier, Munich), 1994
    • "Impromptu" (World Premier, Cannes), 1993
    • with Robert Mapplethorpe in the ballet "Portaits in Reflection", (World Premier, New York), 1986
    • with Frank Ghery in the ballet "Available Light", which premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave festival, 1983