Canada’s Breakthrough Designers Finalist Q&A: Collège LaSalle.

Today’s finalist Q&A presents the second half of students from Montreal’s LaSalle College.

Alex-Ève Martin  copy

Inspiration du design 
Notre société est synonyme de paraître. Sa carapace est ainsi sa seule source de protection. Elle reflète la puissance, l’invincibilité, mais cette carapace enveloppe la pureté dans toute sa simplicité.

Quelle est ta plus grande passion ?
L’art en général est à la base de mes passions. Le design de mode est bien évidemment ma passion première. La peinture, tout comme la musique, englobe aussi une grande partie de mes passe-temps. Cette trilogie m’aide à exploiter ma créativité. L’art est infini, c’est ce qui rend ma passion sans limite !

Trois mots qui définissent ton style personnel :
Créative, travaillante et passionnée !

Où aurais-tu aimé étudier en mode?
Saint Martins school, à Londres. C’est une école réputée où plusieurs futurs designers émergeants se retrouvent. Cette expérience serait autant enrichissante sur les plans éducatif et professionnel que pour ma culture générale. C’est un endroit magnifique que j’aimerais un jour découvrir.

Design Inspiration Through experimentation I discovered the felting technique. I was able to grow the fabric shaping it into the texture of my imagination, reinventing an aged technique.

Design Inspiration
Through experimentation I discovered the felting technique. I was able to grow the fabric shaping it into the texture of my imagination, reinventing an aged technique.

Style Pet Peeve?
When tights run!

Top 3 things to do in Montreal?
In the winter (when the temperature isn’t -20) I love skating at the Old Port, the lights are beautiful at night. In the summer, I enjoy going to the Mont-Royal Park with friends and listen to the music at Tam Tam’s. I like spending my time outside. Montreal has many parks, it’s great to take a bike and find a nice place to have a picnic.

Your favourite fashion era?
The 20’s is my favorite fashion era; it’s not only the fashion but the movement of the flapper girls that make this era jump at me. Women going against the norm and expressing themselves through their fashion and appearances. I believe self expression is beautiful to show individuality.

Design Inspiration Drawing inspiration from the transient nature of smoke, my design reveals a non-linear re-interpretation of the golden era of Hollywood.

Design Inspiration
Drawing inspiration from the transient nature of smoke, my design reveals a non-linear re-interpretation of the golden era of Hollywood.

How did you first get interested in fashion?
To be precise… I would say that I was interested in fashion since the day I was born. I mean, I’m Italian; it’s in our genes…haha. Many of my aunts and great aunts who live in Italy were seamstresses and were part of this world of Fashion. As a child, without even being aware of my family’s involvement in this field, I would always be fascinated by beautiful women in extravagant dresses. Fashion was always so clear and came naturally to me in the artistic sense. At the age of four, I would draw over and over again different dresses on different women. It intrigued many people, especially because of the fact that I would draw them extremely provocative; I would even get in trouble at times for it. The woman who made me adore fashion was my aunt Juliette Trolio. I would always be so amused by her outfits, her hats, her hair styles, her make-up, her style as a whole. She was so unique to me, and every time I would go to her store RIX RAX, it would be like entering the backstage of a cabaret and it was heaven to me. A little older, I began taking fabric and making dresses for my sister and her dolls, and they would hold together by a system of draping and knots that I figured out how to do. By the age of 12, I started using a sewing machine and it went on from there.

Describe your design aesthetic in 3 words:
I design clothes that emphasize the most sensual areas of the female body with a clash between provocative and elegance with a dark romantic essence.

What influences this aesthetic?
I see fashion not only as clothing but mostly as a form of art. And clothes should not only dress someone; it should sculpt their body and bring out their beauty while almost telling a story. For this dress, I was inspired by the fluidity of smoke and birds and how both move freely and beautifully in the air. I was also influenced by black and white movies starring elegant actresses in their costumes. Moreover, Alexander McQueen is always on the back of my mind since he really was Alexander the Great to me because he made clothes fly.

Last but certainly not least, next post will present Campus Notre-Dame-de-Foy. Stay tuned!

valérie

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