Alexandre Vauthier is French. Born in 1971, he followed Art and Law classes before coming to Paris, in order to become a fashion designer. His talent would be soon noticed, and in 1993, he begun an internship at the prestigious Haute Couture fashion house of Thierry Mugler. Shortly after, he reached the status of assistant of the famous designer himself.
Then, in 1997, he left him for another Maestro of Fashion : the provocative and avant-gardist Jean Paul Gaultier. He was in charge of the Gaultier Couture collection during ten years. At the end of this decade, Alexandre Vauthier felt it was time for him to make his own rules. In 2008, he then decided to found his own Haute Couture fashion house, under his own name.
His first collections were ready in 2009, and the result astonished every fashion critic and journalist. An army of Amazons poured into the catwalk, strong and sensuous women with strong shoulders and waists, dressed with dark grey gowns of radical yet sober cut. Elegant samurai mixed with insolant Roaring 20s ghost, the woman according to Alexandre Vauthier is smart, audacious like Audrey Hepburn and stunning like Grace Kelly.
He is not afraid to push the luxury to its limits : gigantic furs, sheer tops, draped and provocative open-back dresses or low necklines, voluminous flounces, long gloves and mini-skirts. The colors are posh : beige, optic white, fake black. The Summer and Winter collection are of classic elegance and fierce futurism at the same time : a tour de force ! I especially love how he emphasizes the back, where other designers only focus on the front.
The 2010 new collection is even fiercer : the shoulders are gigantic, architectural. His collaboration with Swarovski and Louboutin adds wild elements to the dramatic silhouettes. Bright colors appear : electric blue, violent red and marine grey.
Alexandre Vauthier is now a recognized artist. Vogue often features his creations, singer Rihanna or the future princess of Monaco wear his dresses. Two different worlds ? He brings them together, combining the warrior and the icon in each woman.
His website : http://www.alexandrevauthier.com/
Illustrations all rights reserved. They show reproductions of real Alexandre Vauthier's clothes. Paintings are inspired by artists Mark Rothko and Ellen Day Hale.