Sarah Lévy – The sociologist of add-ons

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TLmag: You came to accessories pretty past due. Tell$ us approximately your adventure

Sarah Levy: I became, at the beginning of, an architect. It turned into a comfy desire; however, it didn’t virtually resonate with me even back then. The style schools, specifically La Cambre, influenced me. I didn’t experience it at home. At the quit of my studies, I worked for a decade as an architect. I additionally started a thesis on city planning. As part of this, I changed into invited to look at the Parsons School of Design in New York. There, where I turned in touch with two jewelers, I discovered accessories and operated with artisans. Back in Belgium, I enrolled at Arts et Métiers. I studied there for two years at the same time as completing my thesis. But after a yr as a city planner, I felt stuck with the institutional aspect of the task. The add-ons section of La Cambre had just opened. For me, it was a manner to begin an alternate without transitioning from one job to every other. I jumped in.

Sarah Lévy

TLmag: And this time, you belonged.

S.L.: We were most effective four college students, including a photographer and a dressmaker, overseen with the aid of high-quality professors. That’s in which I located the universe of leatherwork. The first yr, I gave myself overall freedom. At La Cambre, I became pushed to go beyond my boundaries, to follow my instinct. In the 2d 12 months, when I changed into working on my graduation collection, I commenced a real mirrored image on the human body. My concept was to translate, through accessories, our modern behavior. I pondered on the ones normal objects which have become our new fetishes: the phone, the digital cigarette…Objects that have created new gestures. However, my purpose isn’t always to criticize those manias as an alternative to imagining the accessories in music with our life ‘rituals.’

S.L.: These add-ons have changed our posture and our morphology. So I created prostheses that, on the one hand, ease our daily gestures and, then again, highlight the obsessive side of these addictions. I labored with a prosthetist and orthopaedist. In precise, my studies led me to transpose the prosthetics techniques into leatherwork: extra especially, glove making. For example, I imagined a long leather glove stitched to a mobile phone case. My complete series performs on this ambiguity among confidence and constraints. I had the possibility to collaborate with French glovemakers Lavabre Cadet, who helped me to create some of the seven pieces inside the series.

Working on gloves, an object frequently considered to be obsolete but which requires real expertise, additionally interested me a lot. TLmag: This collection inspired the jury on the Hyères pageant, which, as we realize, is a first-rate springboard for designers. Was it this that made you need to use? S.L.: Hyères is a splendid vicinity of expression for any young dressmaker. The people I met throughout the festival sensibly consider style. When you take a technique that is not in any respect enterprise-orientated, being a finalist within the opposition represents an enormous possibility.

TLmag: You are primarily based in Brussels. Do you declare

Belgian roots?

S.L.: Even returned after I began studying architecture, I felt very rooted in this u. S. I very lots revel in being a part of this Belgian dynamic and working in Brussels. I am not claiming that I belong right here. However, I wish which will build a mission here without always having to transport to Paris. TLmag: Do you feel near any Belgian fashion designer in particular? S.L.: I work with Ester Manas, who was additionally a finalist at Hyères in the fashion phase, ultimate year, and for whom I design accessories.

Having grown collectively and run on a shared challenge may be very pleasurable. For my next phase, I’m no longer remaining any doorways. I would love to discover how a large-style residence operates. And additionally to collaborate with different creators whose imaginative and prescient I percentage. In any case, growing my brand is not a result in itself. Thirty-fourth Hyères Festival for Fashion, Photography and Fashion Accessories, Villa Noailles, Hyères, France, from 25 to 29 April.