To be honest, I think we should find first the possibility to make it. Research is first - if you're not interested, you never can find something. Many things happen from forgotten machines - ones that are no longer used.
Design is not for philosophy it's for life.
The purpose - where I start - is the idea of use. It is not recycling, it's reuse.
Even when I work with computers, with high technology, I always try to put in the touch of the hand.
I did not want to be labelled 'the designer who survived the atomic bomb,' and therefore I have always avoided questions about Hiroshima.
Of course there are many ways we can reuse something. We can dye it. We can cut it. We can change the buttons. Those are other ways to make it alive. But this is a new step to use anything - hats, socks, shirts. It's the first step in the process.
One of my assistants found this old German machine. It was originally used to make underwear. Like Chanel, who started with underwear fabric - jerseys - we used the machine that made underwear to make something else.
From the beginning I thought about working with the body in movement, the space between the body and clothes. I wanted the clothes to move when people moved. The clothes are also for people to dance or laugh.
You see it in the many bouncing clothes that are not just pleats. To make them, two or three people twist them - twist, twist, twist the pleats, sometimes three or four persons twist together and put it all in the machine to cook it.
By the way, Marilyn Monroe was a size 14.
I started to work with cotton fabrics. I used cotton because it's easy to work with, to wash, to take care of, to wear if it's warm or cold. It's great. That was the start.
I've never been involved in any kind of political movement.
A great thing happening now in art is that artists are using the figure, the body, clothing, life.
I was always interested in making clothing that is worn by people in the real world.
Most of us feel some kind of uncertainty, with the population increasing and resources decreasing. We have to face these issues.
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