Marios Schwab may seem an unlikely candidate for the red carpet circuit, but he has dressed lots of A-Listers over the past year, from Naomie Harris in a black tulle and iridescent gown to the premiere of Skyfall to Amanda Seyfried in blue lace at the Critics' Choice Awards. In this week's issue of Grazia, fashion director Susannah Frankel speaks to the intensely private designer about what kind of women he likes to dress and how he got into fashion, including what it was like being the only male student in a school of 2,000 girls.
The designer has dressed many A-Listers from Kristen Stewart to Jessica Alba, but who does he love to dress? ‘I like dressing women who have their own opinion about what they wear,’ Schwab reveals in this week's Grazia. ‘I like it when a woman can move in a garment, when she can carry it. You can always see if a woman feels good in what she’s wearing – or not.’
Schwab comes from a design background, as his father was an underwear engineer and he still calls on his father for his expertise to this day. When he was 15 the designer moved to high school in Salzburg and he told Susannah: ‘I was always a troublesome kid. My teachers used to call my parents and say, “He really doesn’t want to do anything but draw.” My father found this college which was a school but there was a professional aspect to it on the side.’ Of course the profession in question was fashion.
‘We learned French and English tailoring, we learned about the industrial side of making garments, all these incredible stitch techniques,' the designer said of his time at college. 'If you didn’t do things properly, you’d have to take it apart and start all over again.’ Schwab was the only male student in an intake of around 2,000 girls which he admits: ‘Was a bit traumatic. I did cry. But I also just really wanted to do it.’
Read the full interview with Marios Schwab in this week's issue of Grazia and look at his glam and directional red carpet gowns in the gallery below...