Raf Simons is one of the designers who got me interested in high fashion in the first place. I first discovered his work in the mid 2000s and was instantly drawn into his rebellious vision of menswear. The Talks spoke with Mr.Simons on his journey from a teenager in a tiny town in Belgium to fashion designer at Dior. In the quote below Raf speaks on how witnessing a Margiela show deeply affected him.
I’ve read that the first fashion show you ever went to was Maison Martin Margiela. You said it was so beautiful that half the audience cried and it had a huge influence on you. Why?
Because that was the day that I understood that fashion could also be conceptual and intellectual, that it could be linked to a certain kind of social, psychological thing. That Martin Margiela show was in a really trashy area in Paris and it wasn’t in a building, it was in a playground from a black neighborhood. The parents had agreed to do the show for the Margiela company only if their children could come and see it. Everybody was expecting the children to just stay on the side and sit with the audience, but they didn’t.
Read the rest of the interview on The Talks.