New York, NY
Dean Christopher studied fine arts in California and worked as a stylist for fashion shoots before setting up this eponymous event design firm in 1987. Christopher designs mostly for corporate clients, plus a handful of nonprofits; he says his style is less about making a visual statement and more about creating an experience. He does most of his work for fashion, hospitality, and travel companies. Repeat customers include Chanel, Christian Dior, Reuters, and Louis Vuitton. In 2007, Christopher designed a week-long series of events for the Lyle Anderson Luxury Private Residential Community in Hawaii, which included the black-tie Heritage Ball under a custom-built crystal tent.