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Born in 1982, Alexandre Blanc grew up near Toulouse in south-western France where from an early age he wanted to be a painter before deciding to train as a fashion designer at L’Ecole d’Arts Appliqués Duperré and Institut Français de la Mode.
He joined the house of Yves Saint Laurent in 2007, where he reproduced a technique of braided drape on evening gowns that he developed as a student, which was followed by a short stint at Balenciaga. In 2009, he joined Guillaume Henry in the resurrection of the house of Carven, and then decided to go freelance starting in 2012 - allowing him to collaborate with diverse brands such as Oil Sander and more recently Oscar de la Renta.
Having returned to Paris in September 2018, he created his namesake label Alexandre Blanc, for which he designs his own prints, and creates each pieces in three dimensions on a wooden mannequin in close collaboration with his design office in Milan.
“Working with the volume of garments, I want to suggest a certain silhouette but mostly define a particular woman. I’m not interested in trends but prefer the idea of painting the portrait of a woman, season after season adding layers.
She’s aristocratic, but also natural and slightly bohemian: she expresses that through a distinct mix of colors, prints: she’s inspired by Cocteau, Braque, Matisse and Bakst. She’s intellectual, confident in her knowledge of French culture. She assumes her boyish side: the shirt is a blank canvas onto which she can layer knits, jewellery, thus creating singular and spontaneous encounters.
She’s confident in her sensuality, she likes suggesting her body. A large décolleté reveals the shoulders like ballerinas, the waist is cinched, a slit skirt reveals a collared underskirt, some lace, lingerie is suggested. She’s not afraid of showing her vulnerability and her freedom to wear clothes that express her true personality.
The garments are structured, never constraining, they’re meant to be worn every day, and reveal the persona of the woman that wears them, without ever taking center stage and overshadowing her personality.