Isabel Marant won't let a design leave the workshop if she hasn't tried it on first.
The French fashion designer began her career by launching Twen, a knitwear and jersey line, with her mother in 1989, before founding her eponymous label five years later. On its inception, Marant insisted upon only designing pieces she would wear herself and she has stood by this belief for many years, with her personally trying out each item before it reaches the consumer.
"To this day, nothing leaves the workshop without me trying it on," the 53-year-old designer told The New York Times Style Magazine, before sharing that she had a clear vision of her look when she was a child, but couldn't find the clothes to bring it to life.
"That era of '80s super-chic French fashion was really getting on my nerves," she stated. "By 10, I knew exactly what I wanted to wear, but it didn't exist in any shop."
As a result, she started making her own clothes by reworking her father's castoffs, and her friends were big fans of her creations and kept asking for versions for themselves, so she went on the study fashion design in Paris.
To accompany the interview, Marant shared photographs that have meaning to her, including a snap of the invitation for her first-ever runway show, and she revealed it ended up taking place illegally.
"I found a square of beautiful abandoned Parisian buildings on Rue St. Sabin and got permission from the township to hold my show there. Two days before, they called and said, 'You can't do it.' Well, all the invites had been sent out, so I pretended I'd call it off but did it anyway - illegally!" she confessed.
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