Photographer: Giusy de Ceglia – giusydeceglia.com
HOW DO YOU CHOOSE WHICH MODEL WEARS WHAT LOOK?
Oh so many different elements.. Height, color of her hair, or even just her presence or the way she walks..
WHAT DO YOU DO BACKSTAGE TO ENERGIZE MODELS FOR THE RUNWAY BEFORE EVERYONE GOES ON
Depends on the atmosphere backstage, sometimes I find a moment with them individually and we visualize where strength comes from, or we just take a few deep breaths together just before they go on. This last time everything went so well and everybody was so happy and in the moment we where just dancing to the music backstage and everyone was saying let this moment last for ever, we don’t want it to end. But I always tell every one of my models, just before they go on to keep in mind that it is their moment and not to forget to enjoy it fully.
WHAT NEW MODELS ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT THIS SEASON?
I am excited about a lot of my girls.. but am especially proud of a few girls that I have worked with from the very start, like Lis van Velthoven, and Noa Vermeer, amazingly beautiful girls inside and out.
WHAT TIME DID YOU GO TO BED THE NIGHT BEFORE YOUR SHOW?
Honestly I didn’t see my bed… But a day like that you just run on adrenaline.
ANY CRAZY MOMENTS LEADING UP TO THE SHOW (i.e MISSING ACCESSORY, ETC)
We had a model who was sick on the morning of the show, so we had to find somebody else on the day itself.. very stressful.
WHAT DID YOU DO THE NIGHT AFTER YOUR SHOW?
I had champagne with friends.. we celebrated the moment. Especially they know all the hard work and hours that’ve gone in, all the obstacles.., because they’ve seen it for 6 months.. So it is something we all feel together in that moment.
WHAT GOES THROUGH YOUR HEAD RIGHT BEFORE THE SHOW AND RIGHT AFTER?
Right before the show I always take a small moment for myself and wisper something like a wish for the show, for the moment,the work and for everybody in it. Like a blessing of sorts. Right after the show I don’t really think anything, just feel a big relief if all went well and a lot of emotion.. my own combined with everybody else’s that jump on you right after the show. It is like a warm tornado.
NOW THAT ITS ALL OVER WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE PAST WEEK?
The part where everybody that came backstage, from close friends, my own team till press all came to me with tears in their eyes telling me how it touched something in them and they where moved very deeply. That made me cry.. is their any bigger compliment then that you have truly touched someone with your creation…?
YOUR SHOW EARNED A STANDING OVATION AND BROUGHT THE PUBLIC TO TEARS. DO YOU FEEL YOU ACHIEVED THE MESSAGE YOU HAD HOPED TO CONVEY?
Yes, isn’t that the biggest honor.. a standing ovation and tears.. I am so grateful. And it is truly my goal to take people to a different state of mind, take them out of the mundane, and let them experience what I’ve experienced in the 6 Moths I create and work on a collection, fabrics, prints, stories, movie and music. I want to show my collection in that context.
WHAT IS NEXT NOW?
Now I am already working on my next collection, and also working towards a bigger international market. Just keep on growing, creatively, internationally and keep on telling my stories.