Deborah Sawaf, the creative genius behind Thalé Blanc, continues to be a mystery to us. At all times glamourous yet approachable, she embodies a new generation of fashion designer. One who uses the techniques of old to create beautifully original couture pieces for the thoroughly modern woman.
So, who is this woman who balances the old and the new to such grand effect? We asked her a few questions to find out…
Where do you draw inspiration from?
I am inspired by history, cultures, architecture and nature. I’ve lived in different parts of the world and appreciate different cultures. My work is an expression of the opulence of these cultures in a refined way, hoping to do them justice.
Where did you start your career in fashion?
I was passionate about pattern and mastered it at a very young age, but my career began in the world of embroidery: I had the opportunity to learn and understand techniques in embroidery that had been done for centuries. I was fortunate to have learned from an amazing artist and mentor who did beautiful work for designers like Versace and Galliano.
How does your background influence your designs?
Having acquired the knowledge of different techniques in fabric, fur and jewelry, I am excited to embark upon, what seems to me, the perfect canvas to combine the 3, bearing in mind the importance of convenience and functionality. I am a mother of 3 with a career, I haven’t got the time to rummage for anything.
What is your favorite era in fashion?
My favorite fashion era is the 1920′s; in art history it is strongly the 1600s and 1700s: French Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo. I am an ardent fan of Francois Linke and Andre Charles Boulle, two gifted artisans, exquisite craftsmen, who paid immense attention to detail.
Who is the ideal Thalé Blanc woman?
She is a worldly, confident socialite, a trendsetter, who appreciates art, history, impeccable craftsmanship and fine quality. Because she sets the tone, she’s always looking for something new.
Why did you start Thalé Blanc?
Growing up in my family, fashion wasn’t considered a career, but a hobby. So for years I acquired knowledge in different areas of fashion that I implemented in my small collections. Two years ago, the youngest of my three kids went to school, and I realized it was time for me to go all the way with my passion, and turn it into a real career. So, here I am taking everything I learnt in the three elements of fashion: pattern, jewelry and fur. Lo and behold I finally present: Thale Blanc, beauty unleashed.
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