Hilarious Questionnaire Answers from Dries, Donatella, and More
There’s a reason the Proust questionnaire has been essentially consecrated in time. Nothing gets to the heart of someone like a good questionnaire. (Except of course Scare Tactics—Scare Tactics and maybe Wife Swap, but that’s it.) We were reminded of this lovely fact yesterday, when T Magazine released the latest installment of their Illustrated Interview series, in which artists of all stripes illustrate their answers to a short questionnaire. And this time it was Dries Van Noten’s turn to sit in the hot seat.
The questions may have been few, but as you might expect, the answers were voraciously titillating. Watch it for yourself if you feel so inclined, but really all you need to know is that he makes his own granola, douses himself in the perfect amount of cologne, may or may not be petting his dog Harry at this very moment, and can whip up a mean Negroni jelly.
So in the spirit of fun and revealing designer questionnaires, we decided to revisit some of our favorite questionnaires completed by fashion’s most adored humans.
Donatella Versace—surprisingly modest! Or at least that was my takeaway from reading her answer to the third question of Vanity Fair’s Proust Questionnaire. The question was: What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Her answer? “My personality.”
By question 21, however, the Donatella we all (think we) know and love started to shine through. When asked what her most marked characteristic is, she said, “That I get what I want.” GIIIIRL! Into it.
Michel Gaubert may not fall in the category of “fashion designer,” but he is a crown jewel in the fashion industry. He DJs some of the most notable fashion shows, attends all the others, and wields enormous attention with his highly uncensored and hilarious Instagram account.
And he has also, apparently, been given the Jefferson Hack questionnaire—the editorial director’s version of the Proust Questionnaire. When asked what he most dislikes about contemporary culture, Gaubert, in full candid form, said, “The fact that it is so disposable and consumed by people who do not understand it.” Yet there are some things he likes about the age we live in—namely, his internet connection. Oh and incongruity makes him cry.
In 2009, Michael Specter came out with fashion’s version of the Proust questionnaire. Aptly titled, The Fashion Questionnaire, the book nabbed John Galliano, Diane Von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, Thom Browne, Alber Elbaz, and tons more. You’ll have to buy the book to read them all, but there is one questionnaire from the book that’s floating around on the internet—and that one is Michael Kors’. In it, the abundantly extravagant and lavish designer makes no attempt to shroud his true colors, writing in a lofty scribble script, “Russian Sable bathrobe coat” when asked for his symbol of high fashion. Russian sable bathrobe coat indeed.
Some other takeaways: cashmere is always a yes and probably enveloping him as we speak, and ‘80s shoulder padded power suits are always a no.
Turns out Lagerfeld’s characteristic blasé countenance—you know, the one that accompanies him everywhere, from runways to airplanes?—is entirely authentic. When asked in Vanity Fair’s Proust Questionnaire what is the trait that he most deplores in himself, he said, “Indifference.” And the trait he most deplores in others? “I take people the way they are,” he wrote, “But that may also be a part of my indifference.” And yet, indifference doesn’t follow him everywhere—or at least not where his looks are concerned. When asked, “What do you dislike most about your appearance?” he said, “I spend my life working on that subject.” Honey, don’t we all.
Jean Paul Gaultier
Hey, did you know that Jean Paul Gaultier made a cone bra for his teddy bear? Well, he did, and considers it his greatest achievement. He also shared a can of cat food with his cat while watching TV, refers to sex as “penetration” (and considers it to be the greatest invention), and was thinking about another interview while answering the Jefferson Hack’s Questionnaire. Ferocious.
Images via Mercedes-Benz fashion week, The Fashion Questionnaire, Fashionista, T Magazine, and Harper’s Bazaar.
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