Fresh Threads: Louise Leconte
For our Youth Issue, The WILD caught up with four promising designers on the rise. Below, check out Louise Leconte, whose observation-based, self-reflexive designers may leave you scratching your head.
How did you get started in fashion design?
I discovered La Cambre when I was 14. At the time I ran the show for one of the first-year students. Observing the school, its teachers, students, the assignments, and the atmosphere of the annual show sparked my interest for fashion. More than learning the discipline itself, my desire was to be a part of that specific school. I felt that the expectations placed on the students resonated with me. I started reading about fashion and I’ve always enjoyed dressing up and creating new personas through garments. I never really quit being a child in that respect.
Photo by Ismael Moumin
How would you describe your design aesthetic?
What I found out about myself, from the time spent at La Cambre, is that, unlike other designers who early on have a very personal and immediately recognizable style, I always proposed different aesthetics that lead to different visual impressions. I like to think that I can get inspired by anything and turn it into fashion, whether it be garments or accessories. The three collections I’ve designed so far have been, visually, quite different from one another, but I believe that my approach is the same. I am interested in fashion that is self-reflective. I like that a spontaneous creation leads to an intellectual interpretation. I observe and create according to my observations, not always consciously, but it is often interesting to take a fresh look at my designs and play the game of ‘what did I do?’ and ‘why did I do it?’. I don’t think I could create without a purpose anymore. Fashion has really become a tool for me and a way to stir up thoughts and ideas and give them body and shape.
What do you think you bring to the fashion world that’s original and has been totally lacking until now?
It would be presumptuous of me to be assertive about a “total lack” of anything in fashion, because obviously I am not aware of everything that has been done and thought of so far. I am well aware that many have come before me, great minds whose work is still recognized—or may be sadly forgotten. I believe that you don’t create novelty by desperately trying to do so. Novelty comes from being true to yourself and being lucky enough to produce something that will arouse people’s interest. I can write about things that are part of my own creative process, but I am not inclined to compare my work or my approach to others.
Where do you hope your career will take you and what do you hope to achieve?
I don’t really envisage my designs as part of a “career.” I hope my creations will provide me with a comfortable life—not in a material way but in terms of being able to keep designing as freely as possible. I also believe that the greatest thing in life is the people you get to meet and the quality of these interactions. I hope my work will allow me to meet enriching minds and share experiences with them. I enjoy conversation and wish for my work to always be the pretext or the result of interesting conversations.
What is your WILD Wish?
To become an enlightened queen. I have WILD Wishes of power!
To keep up with Louise’s latest work, make sure to check out her website here.