17 March, 2014
Warm Thanks to Le Report Founder and Director Lily Gatins for her interview during Paris Fashion Week, click here.
What came first, buildings or garments?
The more I think about it, the more I feel it was a parallel process. A few fundamental encounters while I was a studying architecture in Paris made my mindset change drastically. One of them, was when I visited the archives of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, museum with whom I have a partnership since 2011 with my fashion/architecture school www.aatelier.org
But the main one was when I meet Gerard Lognon at his own atelier in 2003. I wanted to know more about the métier of pleating fabrics. Later on that year, I became an intern in his studio in Place Vendome and we ended up becoming very close friends. Today, even though Monsieur Lognon retired already, I produce all my 3dimensional pleated fabrics at Atelier Lognon, purchased recently by the Chanel Group.
As per today, when I see my silhouettes I see architecture, it’s all about matter, volume, wholeness and precision.
What are the means of art in your opinion?
I think art is meant to disturb, disturb reality while avoiding comfort zones. I can think of buildings that have this quality, all Coop Himmelb(l)au early works and latest built work in China are mind blowing to me. I think only a genius can master such spatial mess! In the actual world of art, I am fascinated by Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto, I don’t know him personally, but I would love one day to collaborate with him on a fashion project.
What is your worst craving?
Tacos estilo D.F.
What’s your favorite thing to do or go in Paris?
I have a bunch of favorite places to hang out, but I really like spending 24/7 in my atelier in downtown Paris. I tend to think about my own universe as a resourceful milieu, and thus, I spend all my time producing: toiling, digital and physical models, all scales of design, between collections of architecture books.
If you can fuse an architect and a designer, who will they be?
I know many talented people that I admire. Many of my former acquintances at the Architectural Association have a rising carriers in the fields of urbanism, cities futur ground, and architecture obviously. On the fashion side, I am a greatest admirer of Rick Owens, whom I can imagine designing a whole building.
Any upcoming projects?
Simply to keep growing up from a thick and consistent process, attempting for a redefinition of clothing design towards a new brand of transdisciplinarity.
Where is home and happiness?
Paris for both.
Jorge Ayala Paris