You can only go forward by making mistakes. I always thought what you wore underneath was as important as what you wear on top. If I had the power, I would ban leggings. It’s sometimes said that I’m rebellious and I do things to push people’s buttons, but I just like the challenge. I am what I am. Before I was not so proud to make fashion. My family thought fashion wasn’t very interesting. So I hid that.
I have my permanent muses and my muses of the moment. I am like a freight train. Working on the details, twisting them and playing with them over the years, but always staying on the same track. I am especially grateful that I have been able to keep my own style over the decades, in spite of the many changes that have taken place in the world of fashion and in its business. You’re only as good as your last collection, which is an enormous pressure. I wanted to dress the woman who lives and works, not the woman in a painting.
I think in the darkest moments, we need a break. I’ve treated the waistcoat as if it were a corset, so that it becomes the first layer in the process of putting clothes on the body. There is constant motion between layering and revealing. In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different. I am never satisfied with myself and that is what keeps me going – I have no post-satisfaction. I am what I am. Before I was not so proud to make fashion. My family thought fashion wasn’t very interesting. So I hid that.