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Photographer: Giusy de Ceglia – http://www.giusydeceglia.com/
Model: Jolie Van Dijk
The most exciting part of being a designer is… “Creating your own world, your wildest dreams – and realizing that you have a keen esthetic eye and talent that can surprise myself, my peers, friends and followers by creating.”
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YOU REALLY DO MERGE FASHION AND ART AS A DESIGNER IN MANY MEDIUMS – HOW DO THE DIFFERENT MEDIUMS COMPLIMENT EACH OTHER
BOTH IN TERMS OF YOUR CREATIVITY AND IN TERMS OF THE END RESULT?
The mediums may be different, the inspiration and message are the same. I use design and fashion in my performance art pieces, and get inspired by daily life for my couture collections. I show my collections through strong and focussed performance pieces, and so the circle is round.
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION? AND HOW DO YOU STAY MOTIVATED SEASON AFTER SEASON?
Cities/street life used to be my main inspiration, but the city centers in the Western World like New York, Paris and Amsterdam are becoming the new suburbia, flooded by tourists and obsessed by consuming. I live in Amsterdam’s city center and still love parts of NYC, but I diversified my sources of inspiration: on line, street life in new centers like Beirut, Tanger and Istanbul, and in my own mind. The latter is an infinite source – that will only stop at the end of my days. Still much more to come, I live quite healthily……..
WHAT IS THE MOST EXCITING PART OF BEING A DESIGNER?
Creating your own world, your wildest dreams – and realizing that you have a keen esthetic eye and talent that can surprise myself, my peers, friends and followers by creating.
WHAT WAS THE FIRST PIECE YOU EVER MADE?
It was a chair on my 6th birthday. My parents loved it.
WHAT PIECE HAVE YOU DESIGNED THAT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?
An impossible question – hence easy to answer because I just picked one of my many favorites, for an artist I love: the big dress I created for Marina Abramovic’s amazing performance at the MOMA in NYC.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BRING TOGETHER DIFFERENT ART FORMS?
Your can better ask: what forced you to do it! I think in images, in designs, in colors, in patterns. It’s impossible not to mix those millions of impressions I have accumulated in my head throughout my career.
HOW HAVE YOU GROWN AS A DESIGNER SINCE YOU FIRST STARTED?
Absolutely still growing each day. My best work is yet to come.
WHEN DID YOU REALIZE YOU WANTED TO BE A DESIGNER?
Always knew that this was my calling – so it was not a real choice. But on the Arnhem Art School (ARTEZ) I started to realize I had some talent – which can be helpful when one wants to become a designer.
WHO INSPIRES YOU THE MOST?
Marcel Duchamp, who by giving us a new kind of art liberated all contemporary creators. This new art not only triggered the eyes, but the imagination and the intellect as well.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR STARTING OUT DESIGNERS?
Be honest, work hard and don’t get too excited about fame, fashion, glitter and glamour. If you’re a true designer this recipe will lead to a fulfilling career.
WHAT IS THE MOST EXCITING PART OF FASHION WEEK? AND WHAT’S THE MOST STRESSFUL?
The most exciting part: to see, right after the show, on the faces of the people I admire the reflection or their thoughts, their questions, their love.
The most stressful: how to capitalize on my new designs, in order to create the next collection. People with good business propositions to the front of the line please.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO RELAX/CELEBRATE AFTER THE SHOW?
My good friend Gert will cook a Dutch – Moroccan meal for me and my team: Boerenkool (Kale) with mashed potatoes and Moroccan Merquez sausages. Mmmmmmmmmmmm.Yoga also helps, but Boerenkool/Merguez helps better.