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A Snapshot Of Jeremy Scott

Since taking the reins at Moschino in 2013, Jeremy Scott’s playful, pop culture-influenced sensibility has given the Milanese fashion label a new lease of life. We caught up with the designer to find out how he went from Kansas City schoolboy to Moschino’s Creative Director, his connection with Franco Moschino and why keeping a sense of humour is the key to his success.

On his first introduction to fashion...

“I was born in Kansas City, far from the fashion spotlight. I think I was about 14 when I started discovering the world of high fashion. I liked clothes before then, but mostly just things that you’d find at the mall or in thrift stores. I became enamoured with European fashion and realised that I wanted to be a part of it.” 

“I always strive to bring something a little different… something exciting and fun.”

On taking the position at Moschino...

“I have always loved Franco Moschino’s humour and the way his designs put a smile on my face. I actually interned for Moschino at the press office in New York while I was in college studying fashion. There’s a lot of similar DNA between me and Franco; if I didn’t feel a connection with his work I would never have agreed to the position. The main reason I agreed was because I knew it was a great fit and no one could do a better job with it than I could! Our most unique similarity is the fact that we both use humour in our work. That’s very rare in the fashion world.” 

On Moschino’s archives...

“To be honest, I haven’t spent much time in the Moschino archives as I already feel very connected to the brand’s DNA. When I first started I wanted to focus on a few elements of the brand that I felt were iconic. The suits for the day looks, the street style element of the brand that was so popular in the '90s – when the hip hop music scene was big – and the glamorous couture-style eveningwear, for which the brand is renowned. The most important ingredient, however, is always humour.” 

On his starting point each season...

“I start with the thought of things I’d like to wear, things that are missing from my wardrobe, and build from there. I have a strong personal style and that’s always been a great well from which to pull for me.”

On his inspiration...

“I always strive to bring something a little different… something exciting and fun. I tend to use a collage of things, mixing references and ideas together. We live in a post-post-post modern world now; to stay creative, you need to dig in.” 

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