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. I like the things around me to be beautiful and slightly dreamy, with a feeling of worldliness. 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. Fashion can be this mysterious thing that you can’t explain. Success isn’t about the end result, it’s about what you learn along the way.
Dressing up. People just don’t do it anymore. We have to change that. It’s a philosophy of life. A practice. If you do this, something will change, what will change is that you will change, your life will change, and if you can change you, you can perhaps change the world. You have to stay true to your heritage; that’s what your brand is about. You can hide so much behind theatrics, and I don’t need to do that any more. Doing collections, doing fashion is like a non-stop dialogue.
My aim is to make the poor look rich and the rich look poor. The only way to do something in depth is to work hard. I can’t get sucked into that celebrity thing, because I think it’s just crass. Doing collections, doing fashion is like a non-stop dialogue. War taught me that not everything is glamorous.