Mode In Marseille

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Caring and sharing – Interview with Anouk Beckers (Part II)

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On the last day of the fashion design work shop with Pascale Gatzen (see article Part I) we had the chance to have a nice talk with one of the facilitators of the learning community, ANOUK BECKERS, a student graduated from art school. Let’s get to know more about this dynamic Dutch girl and her opinions on fashion and creation.

Can you speak a little about yourself? What did you study and your professional experiences?

I’ve just graduated half a year ago from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. I graduated from two separated departments, the Fashion Department and the Textile (TXT) Department. Fashion is for training future designers whereas Textile is more about developing artistic vision. Now I am starting my own brand: aNOUK BECKERS, which is the continuation of my graduation work. It is a modular system for garments. The idea of garments as unfinished objects is my starting point. There is always a possibility to change the silhouette with my garments. So it is always an on-going process. I would like to see it as a research.

work of Anouk photo by Eva Beeftink

So up till now, it is your most important project, right?

Yes! I graduated from two different departments with this one work as I developed it into artistic world and design at the same time. I made many pattern pieces, like different parts of garments, so they are unfinished. I invited people to choose the pieces and combine them by themselves, like puzzle game. I am amazed at how they had fun during the whole process.

I want to offer a new perspective of the fashion industry to people and to establish equality in the relationship between the designer and the consumer, the idea of co-production. I would like to collaborate with my clients and let them create and play. I also prefer the idea of series to collections because I don’t want to tell my clients to wear the garments in winter or summer, it can be at any time, in any form, as they want.

– Why did you choose to specialize in fashion, or maybe in your case more in art ?

I am in both domains, art and fashion. Actually, I studied social psychology before because I am interested in how human beings related to each other and the society. However, after a three years’ study, I feel that I am not fully satisfied with just using my brain since it is a discipline which needs a lot of thinking. From when I was little, I always need to make something, to create. I think I’ll be much happier if my profession is to create. So after finishing the psychology, I went to study in art school. Now I feel very satisfied to be able to create and use the thinking at the same time.

-Let’s talk a little about the workshop. How did you join this program and why?

It was Pascale (Gatzen) who had the idea to give this workshop. I got e-mails from two persons I know and then I contacted Pascale. Before coming to Marseille, we met in the group for three or four times to do planning in Holland. We thought about what would be important for us to tell you and to share. Finally, all these ideas come up with a series of exercices and things to do. Personally, the most important reason for coming here is that for me being creative and know how to create is the most valuable thing in terms of how I developed myself, it is such a gift. I thought it would be amazing if I can help you guys to discover it by looking around yourself and using your own experiences to express. Another important reason is to facilitate the communication between creators and managers, like between you and me. My goal is to show that fashion is much more than consuming, like this workshop offers an alternative thinking of the system.

As today is the last day, how do you feel about the work shop?

For me, the whole experience is so beautiful, being in the community, feeling the energy and sharing. I am very happy to have achieved the personal goal: to create an honest and open space. We learnt from each other a lot. Two weeks ago we didn’t even know each other while now we work so closely together.

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-Finally, what about your future project?

In short term, I think I will spend a couple of years to develop my own work, to realize my dream. More generally, trying to figure it out and what fashion is at the same time.

Good luck Anouk!

 

Interwiew and Text: Zhu Yiyun

Photo credits Chloé Nivet and Eva Beeftink

Coup de coeur pour … La Maison Rabih Kayrouz

Le créateur ? 

Rabih Kayrouz né en 1973 au Liban est un styliste et couturier libanais, fondateur de la Maison Rabih Kayrouz.  Il quitte son pays à l’âge de 16 ans pour venir en France suivre les cours de l’école de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne.
En 1995, après quelques mois de stage dans les ateliers de Dior et de Chanel, Rabih Kayrouz, attiré par l’énergie renaissante de Beyrouth, décide de rentrer au Liban.
En 1997, il fonde sa propre maison de couture où il crée des robes d’exception pour quelques clientes privilégiées. Après onze ans de cette aventure, Paris et son savoir-faire l’attirent de nouveau avec l’envie de créer sa propre marque de prêt-à-porter fabriquée en France, Maison Rabih Kayrouz.
La grenade devient son insigne, fruit sensuel et généreux.
Il s’installe alors au 38, Boulevard Raspail VIIème dans ce qui fut le Petit Théâtre de Babylone où se donna la première d’ « En attendant Godot » de Samuel Beckett.
Sa démarche séduit immédiatement la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, qui en 2009, de manière tout à fait inédite, l’invite dès sa première collection à figurer dans le calendrier officiel des défilés Couture.
La presse le soutient avec enthousiasme, saluant la poésie de sa démarche, l’architecture et la construction de ses vêtements, l’émotion et la rigueur qui s’en dégagent ; subtil mélange entre couture et prêt-à-porter.
Ses collections sont achetées par de prestigieuses boutiques et grands magasins à travers le monde.
L’univers de Rabih Kayrouz 
« C’est la femme qui fait la robe, pas la robe qui fait la femme » . Rabih Kayrouz

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Son inspiration: une femme citadine, dynamique, féminine et sensuelle.
Ce sont les attitudes, les gestes et l’allure de cette femme qui font naître son inspiration.
Depuis 2009, il est « Membre invité » de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, qui l’inscrit chaque année au calendrier officiel des défilés de haute couture, jusqu’en 2012 où il abandonne l’appellation « Couture » pour se consacrer à du prêt à porter, allant jusqu’à participer à une collection capsule pour la marque de vente par correspondance La Redoute.
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Depuis le 15 Mai, la Maison Rabih Kayrouz s’est installée à St Tropez au 37 rue Gambetta près de la célèbre place des Lices.  Il s’agit d’un pop-up store assez original et peu conventionnel conçu comme une boîte en bois et miroir par l’architecte Christophe Martin. On y trouvera la collection Printemps-Eté du créateur, ainsi que des paréos, des pashminas et des pochettes en édition limitée.
 Maison Rabih Kayrouz, 37 rue Gambetta, Saint Tropez 
La Maison Rabih Kayrouz c’est l’harmonie parfaite entre les volumes et l’élégance. Pour sa nouvelle collection, il met en avant la silhouette d’une femme exploratrice raffinée. La femme habituellement vêtue la plus part de robes très fluides (qui ont notamment fait le succès de Rabih Kayrouz), porte un bermuda taille haute ample au niveau de la taille, un blazer long sans manche. Bref, il nous transporte dans son univers, dans sa perpetuelle quête d’élégance, de légèreté, de raffinement, certains disent même « qu’il maîtrise les tissus comme personne ».
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