Interview with new designer Charlotte Mounzer

Interview with new designer Charlotte Mounzer

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Interview by Margot Thibaut

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

I always had a passion for human body and an other one for artisanal techniques as embroidery, hand lace, drawing, sculpture,… Fashion design was a way for me to join both

and to be able to express myself around a body.

It was your dream job?

Yes and No. It is a chance to be able to work by passion and I do everything I can to reach my goals but I knew from the beginning it wouldn’t be a easy path.

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

The further I can remember it was a dark blue skirt for my school’s uniform, I hated the ones I had.

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

It is a difficult question for me. Even if I follow a lot of designers through the seasons. It is more about collections, looks or pieces that I will fell for, more then a designer in particular.

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

I don’t really have a icon for who I create a piece of clothe. I have a start point that can be a piece of art, a film a book and then it become a mood that I push further and further until it is

rich enough to inspire a whole collection.

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

I guess it would be something neutral, like nude. I would use it as a second skin and make handmade interventions on it like embroidery, print or cuts to make it look more interesting.

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

I don’t show my sketch if I don’t have to and I don’t automatically sketch before create. Most of the time I create the volume on the buste and then I sketch.

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

I like to work with natural fabric, coton, lainage, silk,cashmere … What I like the most is to knit myself my material from a yarn I like.

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

Every collection has its own music so it really depends on what I am working on.

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…

I try to find an exhibition to go and see. The best way is to get out of my atelier and change

my mind but still be able to think about it.

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

A job when you can create and express yourself from raw materials/ingredients, a sculptor or

a cook.