Let's Suit Up
Interview / Celia Marie Freiling, Images / Sarah Stone
In order to fill Garment’s pages with beautiful suits for you to look at, we had to make sure our models were dressed in the right clothes. And since we’re a fashion school with many talented students, we thought: why not feature one of our very own designers?
Meet Camille-Anais, read about how a dream inspired her latest collection and what the suit embodies for her.
When was the first time you wore a suit?
When I was around eighteen, my mother-in-law gifted me with a black Cacharel suit. The jacket had a very fitted waist and a double breasted closure, the trousers were in corset-style, high- waist with a classic cut. I recall wearing it as a statement at a casual beach party, accompanied only with a packet of cigarettes. I suppose I had a Helmut Newton vision in my mind.
If you were a suit, what kind of suit would you be?
Truly, any suit designed by Margaretha Ley for ESCADA during the 80s and 90s: Oversized padded shoulders, a large squared jacket fit and classic pants – all in a beautiful brightly coloured fabric.
and expectations. As a result, this collection was an exploration of my own anxiety; the source of it, but also the pathologies that derives from it and the potential escapism that I found in sarcastic art and existentialist literature. During the process, I saw the suit as an allegory for success and professionalism. I drew a parallel with the 19th Ccentury Romantic butterfly silhouette – with an emphasis on very large shoulders contrasted by a restricted waist line, together representing a rejection of dictated rules and a craving for individuality.
What does ‘[mis]suiting’ mean to you?
Perhaps, an incapacity to follow what society dictates while placing value on the sublimity of emotions.
Wanna know what Camille's design looks like and in what shoot we featured it? Go, get the magazine and find out yourself!
What’s your opinion on the rising popularity of the suit?
I believe that the suit embodies the shift of the spending mentality; it’s timeless and could represent a statement quality piece that will be cherished for a long time. There’s also the continuing rise of women adopting the suit formula, and this is not strictly for professional purposes, it’s evolving further into social circumstances. The suit is bold, but it can be tastefully relaxed with a white t-shirt for example.
Can you tell us something about the design that’s featured in the magazine?
The suits featured in the magazine are all from my Graduation collection "It's OK", which is based on an anxious dream I had the summer before. In this dream I felt abstractly pressured through time