MARINA, WHAT ABOUT HASAN'S DESIGNS DO LOVE THE MOST?
He has a intrinsic understanding of the femininity and its relation to strength. I love his designs so much; they manage to blend glamour, power and attitude all whilst embracing the traditional feminine aesthetic that I adore. It's really rare to find a designer that does that naturally.
YOU'VE KNOWN HASAN FOR QUITE A WHILE NOW AND HE REFERS TO YOU AS HIS MUSE - HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT IT?
I don't really feel anything! I see it as 2 friends feeding off each other's seperate inspirations. It's all felt quite casual. I think when I first tried his gowns on and they fit like a glove on the bust AND the waist, it was a revelation. I knew we'd go on to work together.
YOU CLEARLY HAVE A STRONG INTEREST IN FASHION - HOW DO YOU THINK FASHION AND MUSIC TRANSLATE AND INFLUENCE EACH OTHER?
I see clothing and style as an extension of an artist's musical ideas. It enables you to make your concept 3D- something you can see and touch, as opposed to just hear. I'd be a really different artist without the use of fashion.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE HASAN'S DESIGNS?
Elegant, powerful, feminine- with a hint of frivolity.
WHAT IN YOUR OPINION MAKES HIM STAND OUT FROM OTHER DESIGNERS?
His designs always look and feel luxurious. He never does anything by halves. Everything is of the highest quality.
HASAN, THE OUTFITS YOU DESIGNED FOR MARINA ARE INSPIRED BY THE VENUE BAROQUE - WHERE DID THIS IDEA COME FROM? WHAT ABOUT THE VENUE INSPIRED YOU THE MOST?
I was inspired most by the title of the club and the luxury interior, as a result I wanted to keep the dress simple but with a grand statement with the embroidery which was hand done by Hawthorne and Heaney.
ARE YOU WORKING ON ANY NEW PROJECTS? WHAT HAVE YOU GOT PLANNED NEXT?
I am currently working on the WEDDINGBELLS project that features the Baroque dresses in a grand style photoshoot which will be released soon after the event takes places. I am also really concentrating on ,my next RTW collection for A/W 13/14 which I am very excited about as I haven't done a seasonal collection since S/S12.
YOU OPENLY CALL MARINA YOUR MUSE BUT HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE GIRL WHO WEARS YOUR DESIGNS?
Yes she is my muse as she closely represents the kind of women I envisage wearing my designs, she is strong, individual, fun and creative. There is also a strong sense of powerful sexuality in there to.
WHAT WAS THE CREATIVE PROCESS OF MAKING MARINA'S DRESS?
It was just a case of using the clubs look as a basis and starting point for sketching ideas and from there developing those ideas. I of course thought about Marina and what silhouette she looks great in and it all progresses from there. From the start I knew I wanted to use embroidery for the first time so this was a very exciting part of the creative process for me and we ended up using a very traditional technique but applying it in a more contemporary colour palette. Lastly we had fittings as I wanted the fit of the dress to be the strongest detail, it has been fully corseted on the inside to subtly accentuate Marinas hour glass figure. The dress was still being hand finished up until the last minute but seeing it on finished for the first time made everything worthwhile.
Interview by Oliva Todd