Tuesday, February 23, 2010
The Importance of Being Self-Obsessed; an interview by Tom Ford
Nicolas Ghesquiere (ni-ko-la gas-ke-yay) An amazing beauty and overwhelming talent, he took to the reigns of the storied house of Balenciaga at the age of 25.
A brief bio by way of loose timeline:
born - 1971: Lille, France
age 15 - with the help of his father, landed a position at Agnes B
age 16 - worked the summer at Corinne Cobson
age 18 - left for Paris
age 18 - spotted by Myriam Schaefer (Jean Paul Gaultier’s right hand), she hired him on the spot to be her assistant
age 23 - after having left his position with Myriam Schaefer, he worked 2 years as a freelance knitwear designer
age 23 - got a position with Balenciaga designing funeral clothes for the Japanese licensing market
age 25 - given the main line to design at Balenciaga
I've long been enamored of Nicolas Ghesquiere, not just because of his devilish good looks, success at such a young age, influence within the fashion industry, and ability to create truly stunning work, but also because he seems to carry himself in such a mature and confident manner in the media.... well, that was until he was seemingly blindsided in a recent interview by the living EGO that is Tom Ford.
Poor Nico... I can't imagine how uncomfortable he must have felt during that phone call. Nico, if you ever feel like calling me I'd gladly ask you about your life, career, interests, and passions. I promise not to sit uncomfortably naked and wax egotistically about how fantastic I am. I'm all ears.