Henry Holland has reflected on his struggles with imposter syndrome over the course of his fashion career.
The British designer, who gained attention for his T-shirts bearing rhyming slogans such as “I’ll Tell You Who’s Boss Kate Moss” in the late 2000s, stepped down from his House of Holland label earlier this year, with the company going into administration last month.
In an article for British Vogue magazine, Holland explained that while he was proud of his achievements at the brand, he often doubted his accomplishments.
“In my entire career as a fashion designer I’ve fought with an imposter complex and sheer disbelief that I have been so lucky,” he wrote. “I’ve tried at every step to approach it with gratitude and appreciation, because making creative ideas a reality is such a privilege. I don’t wish that there was anything I had known when I started out, as I think the naivety of how we approached everything is what made it work.”
Holland went on to explain that his final six months helming House of Holland were “increasingly difficult” and he knew he had to shut the business down. And while the fashion star is now unemployed during the coronavirus crisis, he is surprised at just how comfortable he is with his decision.
“I can’t help but feel a sense of relief. Relief I am no longer letting people down. Relief I am no longer pretending everything is perfect when in fact it’s not. And relief most of all that I have space and time to think about what it is I want from my working life,” the 36-year-old insisted, adding that he is currently working on several different projects.
Holland uploaded a link to the article on his Instagram page, with the post soon attracting supportive comments from his celebrity friends.
“I hope the imposter syndrome disappears now you have a chance to get perspective on the massive achievement House of Holland was! (Very) excited for what happens next,” wrote DJ Annie Mac, while actress Caitriona Balfe shared: “Oh Henry … you’re a legend. I’m going to wear my fav HOH dress tomorrow in your honour. Your influence will continue and I can’t wait to see what you do next.”
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