Sophie Theallet: "Color represents life"

Sophie Theallet is a woman to watch in the contemporary fashion world and has a client roster that includes First Lady Michelle Obama. Milk Made was able to speak with her about the highlights of her career, her color philosophy, and how she defines femininity.

Your collections are always characterized by colors and prints, particularly the color red. What does the use of color represent to you?

Colors represent life….I love to create combinations that are sometimes unusual, almost as if they are fighting against each other. That said; black is also a color.

What is your favorite part about the design process?

I very much enjoy the special moment when everything falls into place and suddenly you realize you have a full collection on the rack.

You have an impressive resume, but what would you say has been the highlight of your career so far?

I feel my highlights are (in chronological order):

-Winning the Young Designer Award in France while still in Design School

-Being hand picked by Jean-Paul Gaultier to work for him

-Working by the side of a Master like Azzedine Alaia for 10 years

-Dressing Michelle Obama.

-Winning the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund.

-Winning the US Woolmark Prize.

-Most importantly, the opportunity to build my own brand on my own terms with my partner and a fantastic team of collaborators.

The best is still to come!!!

If you could dress anyone else in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

I don’t really think this way. My pleasure is to see any woman feel special about herself in a design that I envisioned. If I had to choose one; it would be Romy Schneider. She represents everything I love. She is soulful, intelligent, beautiful, vulnerable and also strong …this is a woman that I can truly admire!

Your designs are so powerful and feminine – what does femininity mean to you?

Femininity for me is like a weapon…. It should be embraced and celebrated

What are three things you can’t live without?

My family, peace & freedom, my work

Runway image by Andrew Boyle from Sophie Theallet F/W 14

Theallet’s work will be on display next week at MADE Fashion Week

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