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Roland Mouret: The Galaxy And Beyond

Roland Mouret

It’s hard to believe it’s been over 10 years since the Galaxy dress first took the red carpet, cocktail parties and boardrooms by storm, so revered is Roland Mouret’s iconic design to this day. We caught up with the designer to talk fashion memories and moving forward, and found out what he thinks makes the Galaxy dress so iconic...

What's your earliest fashion memory?

My earliest fashion memory was standing watching my father fold his apron, I saw the clean, precise way he folded it and how it transformed the apron from one shape to another - hiding one part and highlighting another.

Did you always want to go into design or was it a happy accident?

My life has taken me in many varied directions, with creativity as my guide. Fashion wasn’t something I realised I wanted to do immediately, but in life you go through a series of emotions and I soon realised I was attracted to something creative. It’s an organic process that grew on its own. I always wanted to go into design and I have always applied myself to this passion.

"My clothes speak to all women, I am not bound by trend or fad and neither is the Roland Mouret woman."
Roland Mouret
Did you have any designers you looked up to when you were starting out?

Azzedine Alaïa – I admire his integrity. He has led his career without ever compromising his principles.

Your designs are both classic and contemporary; do you have a favourite era in fashion?

I love magic and I love glamour; it’s about transformation and every era has these qualities, these magical moments that take us from one time, one moment to the next.

Was there a particular woman in mind when you designed the Galaxy dress?

I designed it around a woman who enjoys being a woman; someone who loves her figure and embraces her independence. Elegance is important to her but so is confidence.

Roland Mouret: The Galaxy And Beyond
The Galaxy has celebrated its 10 year anniversary; in your mind, what makes it so iconic?

The Galaxy is real, it captured a moment in time and has now secured its place as an icon. I would see models in the clothes, walking on the runway and then question how a woman would look like in these creations, a real woman. I wanted to deliver a dress that made women say: "Wow, someone is thinking of us".

What's the secret to brand longevity?

A brand should evolve and move with the times, if it is still, it will get lost. Every one of my collections has a different interpretation, a different feel but the DNA carries through. I am true to my name and true to my design; it is the rolling evolution of a maturing brand.

If you could dress anybody right now, who would it be and why?

I’ve had the fortune of amazing support on the red carpet. I just love seeing all women in my clothes.

Roland Mouret
What defines the Roland Mouret woman of today?

My clothes speak to all women, I am not bound by trend or fad and neither is the Roland Mouret woman. I design and create beautiful pieces for women to feel beautiful and free. This will never change.

If you were to give your younger self advice about working in fashion, what would it be?

Keep going!

What's the one fashion item you couldn't possibly part with?

I can’t live without a good leather bag as I travel so much. Also my iPad is my lifeline!

How would you sum up British fashion – what do you feel its importance is in the wider global fashion industry?

British women are not afraid of fashion. Their fearlessness is an inspiration to me; you can feel the creativity in the air here and all eyes are on London designers for that 'something new' each season. I love that this is my creative home and 70% of my production comes out of Britain - I wouldn't be able to do what I do anywhere else other than London.