John Galliano in Interview magazine, a special London profile written by Caroline Reynolds Milbank. Bottom two photos by David La Chapelle.
John Galliano claims his favorite designer is Vionnet, whose world renowned prowess with inventive cutting pays homage to in such designs that, when buttoned and laid flat, forms an L-Shape, but that, when unbuttoned, hangs gracefully on the body. Galliano was born in 1962 and graduated with first-class honors from St. Martin’s College of Art, where his thesis collection was such a success that several pieces went into production. Since 1984 he’s had his own label, backed by Peder Bertelson, showing collections with names (and themes) such as “Les Incroyables,” “Ludic Games,” “Fallen Angels,” and “Forgotten Innocents.” He always works by draping fabric on the body, saying that “it’s almost sad” for a designer to be so removed from the figure that he designs by drawing on paper.
**originally posted on the T Magazine blog The Moment**
photo by Shawn Brackbill for Dazed Digital
Throughout the last few seasons, the 30-year-old designer Matthew Ames has steadily piqued interest in an increasingly tumultuous fashion climate. Gaining esteem for his austere but no less luxurious frocks, the Washington, D.C.-born, Antwerp-trained and New York-based Ames has championed a new minimalism in the face of maximalist hype. T spoke with a curiously calm Ames moments before his fall 2010 presentation at Milk Studios, and later at his garment-district showroom overlooking Bryant Park…
. This is the third collection you’ve presented in New York?
Yes. I was showing the collection before in Paris, doing small presentations there for about five seasons.
A long but informative and endearing interview with the designer that really makes you understand the hopes of dreams unique to 7th Ave and American fashion. If you can stomach the low-fi 80’s video quality you’ll be in for a terrific story and some fantastic clothes.