Introducing ‘Blue Steel’ – Werner Schreyer

Fashion Industry Broadcast and Style Planet TV is proud to announce our latest 11-part, hour long feature docuseries. Over the next six weeks we will be unveiling a tease on each episode. In this Netflix Original Series, presented by male supermodel David Gandy, we explore the emergence of a new kind of God, with the rise of the male Supermodel.

What’s the recipe for a male Supermodel? A dash of charm, five per cent body fat and shredded muscles, a boatload of raw sex appeal, and a decent sprinkle of really good luck.

The ensemble cast of Blue Steel have that something special that has allowed them to stand toe to toe in an industry dominated by the Glamazons of the opposite sex. They are trailblazers and trendsetters. They have both set and broken records for their sex in the business. Most of whom fell into the industry by accident, they’ve left some deep imprints along the way, altering the perception of male beauty standards.

The men depicted within this series have more than their faces on billboards, and
names sewn into the fabric of brands. They have built legends and left legacies, and it’s precisely why they deserve to be called “Supermodels” just like their famous female counterparts.

The amazing stories and trails blazed by:

  • David Gandy
  • John Pearson
  • Mark Vanderloo
  • Markus Schenkenberg
  • Tyson Beckford
  • Tony Ward
  • Travis Fimmel
  • Nacho Figueras
  • Werner Schreyer
  • Alex Lundqvist
  • Andreja Peyjic

Werner Schreyer

One of the top icons of the male modelling industry, Werner Schreyer is a trailblazer, paving the way for male models everywhere. Throughout his two-decade spanning career, he has worked with some of the most prestigious photographers and fashion designers and modelled for some of the most recognisable campaigns globally.

Werner Schreyer stars in Ralph Lauren Purple Label. Photo Credit: Male Model Scene

Born on March 10, 1970 in Vienna, Schreyer likes the simple but active life, telling World of Models that he loves “sports, soccer, martial arts, mountain biking, running and nature.” Following his graduation from the European School of Economic and Social Sciences in Vienna, Schreyer was kindly told by his mother that it was time to get out of the apartment and into the real world. Lacking direction himself, his mother suggested modelling as everything he wore seemed tailor made for him. This served as the catalyst for Schreyer and he joined a modelling agency in Austria before quickly going global. A new star was born.

Werner Schreyer for Calvin Klein 1995. Photo Credit: Werner Schreyer

Soon after his international debut, a fateful encounter in London with legendary photographer, Mario Testino put him on the road to superstardom. It wasn’t long until Schreyer was working on campaigns for Versace, Armani, Guess, Calvin Klein, Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana. Not just a photoshoot model, Schreyer could also be found strutting his stuff on the runway, appearing on the catwalks of London, Paris and Milan for several prestigious designers. Working with some of the best fashion photographers in the world, including Mario Testino, Herb Ritts and Bruce Weber helped Schreyer become one of the most recognisable faces in the fashion industry.

However, you don’t get to that stage without appearing on the cover of some of fashion’s biggest publications and that’s exactly what Schreyer did, going on the appear on the front cover of Elle and GQ magazine, to name a few. Schreyer also has the unique honour of being the only male model to ever appear on the cover of French Vogue. Not bad! His most notable campaign which propelled him to iconic status was for Hugo Boss. Werner became the face of their men’s fragrance as a jumping off point towards becoming the face of the entire brand. The move proved doubly fortuitous as the brand got a new shot of life while Schreyer became a household face around the world.

Fitting for man now nicknamed, “the James Dean of Fashion” Schreyer went on to try his hand at acting. He trained as a method actor at the Gerard Vergez school in Paris as well as training as a stuntman at Action Concept, Cologne. His big acting debut came in the 1993 costume drama Sense which won first prize at the International Historic Film Festival. Schreyer then appeared in Élisa, alongside Gerard Depardieu and Vanessa Paradis as well as Bandits, Point Blank and Another 9 1/2 Weeks in 1997 with Mickey Rourke. Although Schreyer’s film career was not as successful as he would have liked, he quickly found more success returning to the modelling industry in which he made his name, becoming the face of Fred Jeweller in 2007.

Werner Schreyer in ‘Flesh’ for Fantastic Man. Photo Credit: Sight

Schreyer married Jeanne Dupuy in Las Vegas in 1995, moving to Paris and having a son together. Although the couple separated within eighteen months, Schreyer’s son Marlon has since followed in his father’s footsteps and entered the modelling industry. Schreyer currently resides in Switzerland where he indulges his creative passions including painting and photography. Despite his stardom, Schreyer remains humble about his role in opening up the fashion world to male models, telling World of Models that “the nineties were the birth of the acceptance that modelling is a profession regardless of the gender. And you can believe me – being a model is not an easy job.”