Louise Wilson says fashion is too fashionable

10 July 2009

Louise Wilson

When Central Saint Martins MA director, Louise Wilson, talks, you listen. She's the woman who brought us Christopher Kane, Alexander McQueen, Richard Nicoll, Jonathan Saunders, Louise Gray etc etc etc, the list of fashion talent that she taught is incomparable. So when she offers pearls of wisdom, best thing to do is pay attention. In a recent interview she comments on straight men dressing gay, terrible cinema and the state of fashion today (first Agy, now Louise - poor fashion has taken a bit of a battering this week). Louise calls a spade a spade, or perhaps a ‘f****** spade', and has a biting turn of phrase, so here are some of her current views on fashion - get yourself a pen and take note...
Did the industry plan that everybody would be quite bland? I recently interviewed someone coming to the MA program and they said the last film they had seen was "Valkyrie," with Tom Cruise. I said, "You're joking, aren't you?" I said, "Did you go to the cinema?" And they said yes. And I said, "Well, I could understand watching it on an airline flight. But it's not the thing you would say. You would lie."

‘I have come to the viewpoint that nothing is happening. That's why straight men now look gayer than gay men. I ask the students why that is, and they look at me like I'm mad. It's that blurring of the lines, the stripping down. They take no risks about anything, not even the way they go up against the industry or show their clothes.'

‘I think the problem is that fashion has become too fashionable. For years, fashion wasn't fashionable. Today fashion is so fashionable that it's almost embarrassing to say you're part of fashion. All the parodies of it. All the dreadful magazines. That has destroyed it as well, because everybody thinks fashion is attainable.'


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