I love doing special requests clothing just as much as having to harmonize a group of people while making sure each and every one is attractive. Costume design is all about collaboration with an author, an artistic director and the many people involved in a show. It is also about closeness when dressing people and transforming their appearance since many secrets are revealed in the intimacy of the fitting cabin. The aesthetics of garments is about making people look good, optimizing the feel of the fabric and displaying personality and social status. Are we mere animals carrying socio-economical symbols? Garments not only protect us but have also a semiological function. The gendered garments give more importance to certain body parts and correspond to the history of stylistic devices. Today, even undies are revealed. Is looking for ‘life’ through the intensity of seduction in any way masochistic ?
Period costumes mark the rhythm of time. The flux and reflux of fashion trends seem to have no basis yet they raise so many passions: what we love one day we find ridiculous the next. I think the Sun King would have loved to wear a perfecto and Josephine a lycra skirt. As a painter, I also tend to change peoples’s looks drastically by body painting them, putting aside their constructed identities and leaving them only with their body to identify with.