"Patrick brings broad experience – from high-end fashion to mass market retail – demonstrating his versatility to interpret and create fresh, clean designs true to the Gap brand aesthetic," said Marka Hansen, president of Gap North America.
Robinson was most recently the artistic director for Paco Rabanne in Paris, where his collections have received a mixed response since he began designing for them in 2005. Prior to Paco Rabanne, Robinson designed for Perry Ellis, Anne Klein and Giorgio Armani.
The announcement of Robinson - one of Vogue's 100 rising stars in 1996 as head designer at Gap is a part of the company's design overhaul. Facing slagging sales at the end of the 2006 fiscal year, Gap's then-CEO Paul Pressler stepped down. In April, Gap produced a series of limited edition white shirts designed by CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winners Doo.Ri Chung, Thakoon Panichgul and Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte.