Roland Mouret was prompted to create his eponymous brand after being refused a job by John Paul Gaultier.
The designer started his fashion career in Paris where he worked as a model, stylist and creative director, before deciding to try his hand at design.
His first foray into design was at the age of 36, when he hopefully applied for a role under the former Hermes creative director. However, it didn’t quite go to plan.
“I went to Jean Paul Gaultier and tried to work for him. And I was rejected,” Mouret shared in an interview with Forbes. “(I was told) you’re not good enough for us. From that day, I refused to be employed by anybody. I didn’t want to be rejected again.”
The French fashion mogul went on to launch the Roland Mouret label and presented his first runway show in London in 1998 to critical acclaim.
His most recent collection was showcased on Sunday (18Feb18) during London Fashion Week, where he unveiled pieces including jacquard silk dresses and checked trouser suits.
Critics have praised Mouret for his unique vision of women’s sensuality, and the designer puts this down to his willingness to create pieces for women of all shapes and sizes.
“I am not a fatist,” he stated. “I accept all bodies. I cut my dresses and fit on models of every size. The real success is not the dress, it’s the sizing and its consistency.”
The 56-year-old is also rumoured to be the lucky designer who will have the honour of designing Meghan Markle’s wedding dress when she ties the knot with Britain’s Prince Harry in May, though Mouret has confessed he “can’t say” whether this is true.
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