Interview with designer Chloé Henris from Belgium

Interview with designer Chloé Henris from Belgium


Margot Thibaut

Interview with designer Chloé Henris from Belgium

When and how you decided that you wanted to be a designer?

When I was around 8 years old, I already wanted to became a fashion designer.

I don’t really know why, maybe because my grandmother had also worked in fashion but I think it is really fascinating to begin with a white sheet of paper and finish with a real garment

 It was your dream job?

Yes it was and It is , In 2 years , I will finish my study of textile design, so I will be able to work as a fashion designer but also to create fabrics for the garments .

Which is the first thing you designed and for who (yourself,a friend…)?

I was 14 years old and It was a kind of blanket in green velvet with 2 buttons and it was quite ugly but it doesn’t matter because it has given me the envy to sew new stuffs.
After that I have sewed new blankets and small kits, accessories for children, and finally bags and some clothes for me.

In 2013, I began to study fashion design in Liege at “HELMO MODE “ and I finished it in 2015.

This year I began new studies in “textile design “ in Brussels.

I also participated to a lot of contest and I won 3 of them

-public’s price: “week end mode Verviers”  2015 belgium

– jury’s  price : “ start in mode” 2015 Nice

 Accessory’s price : “talons aiguilles “ 2016 lille

Who’s the designer you admire the most and why?

I think it is Olivier Rousteing, the younger artistic director of Balmain.

In just a few years, he modernized the brand, and every one of his collections are beautiful and innovative especially on a cutting level.

Who’s your muse, your icon, when you create a dress?

For now I ‘ve no particular muse, however I take my inspiration in what I see every day . I never stop to observe things around me

If you had to design an entire collection using just one color, which is the one you’d pick and why?

I would like to choose an anthracite gray. because usually I don’t use flash color and anthracite gray is an interesting color to highlight cutting models and people who wear the clothes.

Who’s the first person you show your sketches to?

I show it to my family, my boyfriend or to a few friends of mine. It depend but their encouragement are a non- negligible motivation for me. I have also created a facebook page « C pouki by Chloé Henris »  and I receive a lot of encouragements there and it’s really motivating for me   ( )

The fabric you love the most…silk, lace, velvet and why?

I prefer the fabrics/materials I create myself by, for example using balloons, nuts , or colsons. It’s really more exciting to create something news.
I don’t often use fabrics without changing them. If I had to choose one fabric I would like to choose neoprene. It is a new material and it is possible to create interesting stuffs

If your clothes had a soundtrack, which songs you’d choose?

It depends on the collection.

Do you have any trick to avoid that “blank page” moment when you’re at the beginning of the designing of a new collection? Do you watch a movie, flip an old magazine…

Usually I start by thinking of the theme for several days. Then, I research materials or details and I make ​​drawings only when I have an idea of what I’ll do.

I ‘m inspired by what I see every day and what I have seen a long time can also inspire me. Sometimes I look at magazines such as “Official 5000 models”. It allows me to not totally disconnect from what is happening in the world of fashion

If you weren’t a designer which job in the fashion world you would like to do and why?

I would like to be a textile designer and create the fabrics for another designer because I like to create fabrics or find new possibilities to transform them.

Ph Credit: “P.Elle Photography”