Maxime Rappaz – Hygge (Interview)
We all agree about the atractiveness of minimalist fashion, but the main problem with this kind of creations, is that it’s hard to be surprised by it. Maxime Rappaz is a young creator who works in the very traditional field of high fashion, but with his squared and stripped to the bone silhouette, he suceeded to invent clothes both eye-candy and elegant. A rare talent who agreed to answer few questions for us.
When and what are the thing which gave you the desire to become a stylist
By chance 4 years ago, after attempting politic studies, I wanted to do fashion.
On your website we can see that you draw inspiration of household and urban landscapes. What attracts you in these forms and what are your other inspiration sources.
What’s around me and what is within my reach, are my direct and obvious source of inspiration. It’s the realness of the forms that speaks to me.
You also are inspired by abstract and minimalist artists like Mondrian and Judd. What do you admire in their pictorial works.
Usually, an aesthetic work that speaks to me is a reflection of a more theoretical approach which defines guide my thoughts on which I base my own way to advance further.
Can you tell us more about your collection « Finally I opted for the square, » its theme, its objectives.
The theme of my degree collection revolves around the impossible search for absolute purity. The aim was to get around an unreachable ideal of purity with the help of a double-language : the body curves which are opposed to rigid geometric elements in two and three dimensions.
If « fashion » belongs to everyone, and « luxury » only belongs to a few privileged people. In what sort of fashion field do you want to work.
I just graduated, I am still trying to position myself among the different sectors that offer « fashion ». But I think working in the « haute couture » is not a problem at all.
Are you interested you the latest trends (colors, accessories, silhouettes …) when you are designing something.
I like to watch what is done but I rather avoid to be inpired by other people clothes to create mine.
What brands do we found in your dressing room.
H&M, COS, American Apparel, not very original I guess. I allowed myself a few Prada pieces that I love.
You have won the Swiss fashion award Anabelle in 2011. Finally the prices are better for the ego or for the career.
Receiving any kind of award is always rewarding. I think what is good for the ego is also good for your career, and the other way around, let’s say it is advancing and it allowed you to evolve.
Can you tell us about your future plans.
I am currently doing my internship in Florence, I want to take time to move forward on personal projects of video, photography and writing.