Which matters more: The narrative or the design?
The narrative and the design are linked. The latter begins with a story. Since arriving at Dior, I have developed the existing themes of the house such as Christian Dior’s garden in Milly-la-Forêt; large eccentric-looking balls; and, of course, couture. However, the themes of my collections are only a starting point and I mix those with my own inspirations. I perpetuate the dialogue with Monsieur Dior.
You’ve channelled clashing colours in your designs, masqueraded high jewellery as costume jewellery and even used blackened silver in your most extravagant creations for Dior. Where do all those ideas come from?
I pull a lot of inspiration from my environment, society, human relations, art, exhibitions, movies, photography, nature, the female universe, love, sexuality, psychoanalysis and life itself. Everything inspires me. I put all those inspirations in my “mental shaker” and that is how a new collection starts. Each collection leads to another and I adore the idea of going not only further, but where I least expect. I hate being bored. I find that being bored makes me unhappy, so I always need to create things that entertain myself.