Interview by Margot Thibaut
When and how did you decide that you wanted to be a designer?
I was always interested in the idea of transformation and dressing up to feel a certain way. My sisters friend Sarah de Grunne was a student at La Cambre and they brought me to the show when she was in 1st year. I was 11 and was instantly attracted to what I had seen.
Was it your dream job?
To be a designer today involves many aspects that I hadn’t imagined as a teenager but in a certain way yes.
What is the first thing you designed and for who (yourself,a friend…)?
Before creating garments I did a lot of styling and hairstyling on all my friends as a child and teenager. I would customise and experiment. Thank you to all those girls for their patience.
Who’s the designer you admire the most and why?
It’s a difficult question because I admire many designers in different ways. I had the opportunity to intern with John Galliano at Maison Margiela and it was everything I had imagined and more. I admire him enormously.
Who’s your muse, your icon, when you create a dress?
I am constantly inspired by women around me and on screen. I couldn’t say there is a muse or icon but more a collage of different aspects of many women that evolves with the project.
If you had to design an entire collection using just one colour, which is the one you’d pick and why?
It’s an absurd question but I would say gold or black. I think it’s interesting to explore a complete palette and find colours within a “non-colour” .
Who’s the first person you show your sketches to?
My friends and fitting model. I’m lucky to have a lot of support and help, so anyone who pops by will usually have a word to say. I like to have people involved and share ideas.
The fabric you love the most…silk, lace, velvet and why?
Over the years I have come to appreciate all fabrics for their different qualities. Of course noble, natural are fabrics are the best but I find it interesting to mix them with cheap ones and blur the difference between them.
If your clothes had a soundtrack, which songs would you choose?
Music plays a key role in my design process, adding to the general atmosphere and mood. This year for my final collection I wanted to express the idea of a show ending, spectacular and melancholic. I worked with DJ Sushi Flow and we came up with a mix of Eric Sati’s gnossienne 4 and The cinematic
Do you have any trick to avoid that “blank page” moment when you’re at the beginning of designing of a new collection? Do you watch a movie, flip an old magazine…
I love to find vintage pieces and play around on a model to begin. This helps me find shapes and attitudes. I am very into YouTube and watching live performances from different times. Passionate women under the spotlight always inspire me.
If you weren’t a designer which job in the fashion world would you like to do and why?
There are many parts of the process that I find interesting but I think I would like to stay involved in the process leading up to the show. I am very interested in fashion photography and art direction as well. I hope to find a job one day that combines all of these.