Stéphanie Coudert, Fashion Designer, at the Maison d’Exceptions show

(English subtitles available)

“I very much want a person to feel strong each day in their wardrobe and to feel modern. This is fundamental. Innovation occurs for me with a lot of reflection on the necessity of a piece. I am always very slow to reach a final volume. The idea of programmed obsolescence is something of which I am very aware; I do not want my innovation and personal pleasure in innovating to become a problem later on. Even if it is made of polyester, neoprene or whatever else, I want it to be timeless and bring something special so that somebody will be happy to have it for several seasons.

I have clients with needs in terms of freedom of movement; they spend the day in a garment in which they ought to feel comfortable in their environment. I am very attentive to the conditions in which an item might be worn. We have had long discussions at the studio about the use of very contemporary materials to the benefit of the volume in such a way that there is a consistency, an appropriateness. It is true that at this moment, combining these aspects is our obsession.”