I knew Roland Mouret brand before, and of course, I was always a huge fan of his dresses – bold structured lines, very clean and geometric aesthetic. You know a Roland Mouret piece when you see one!
When I collaborate with a brand, I always try to go in depth and learn more to understand the designer. This helps me style, pick shoot locations and be in the right mood in front of the camera.
Roland Mouret is undoubtedly known as a master of structure and silhouette with an intuitive understanding of the female form. I find Roland Mouret’s background pretty incredible, and his path to becoming a fashion designer is certainly not a usual or expected one.
Roland Mouret was born in Lourdes, France and first learned about fabric while working at his father’s butcher shop! Learning to fold the butcher’s apron to reveal a clean aspect and seeing the pattern of the blood on the white linen later translated in design genius. Roland learned to cut from watching the way the skin of an animal is sectioned and divided with the knife.
Renowned British fashion writer Colin McDowell once said: “The art of butchery and dress making are comparable as both share a precision of cutting, folding and hand workmanship – and require courage and judgment.”
The interesting thing about Mouret’s design process is that he instinctively draped fabric on the body rather than drawing sketches. He always felt the need to be close to the shape of the body, interacting with the fabric and form with his hands.
Indeed, draping on Roland Mouret’s pieces is incredibly intuitive and perfectly executed, which I believe cannot be achieved through simple sketching. I took some shots of the draping so you can appreciate the genius:)