Francesca Capper is one of our favourite London based designers so we decided to shoot her newest collection – Season Six – and ask her a few questions about her life and her brand. Capper has a degree from CSM, a tailoring background, and experience working in major fashion houses in London, Paris and New York. Check out our shoot and interview below!
Photographer: Michele Cote
Stylist: Hannah Grunden
Stylist’s Assistant: Rachel Williams
Hair: Yoko Setoyama using Davines
Makeup: Jessica Hunte using Daniel Sandler
Model: Bom @ Select
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND SEASON SIX?
I started this collection with a focus on the Japanese airbrush illustrator Pater Sato. His hyper-sensualized, futuristic work from the 70s and 80s merged immediately into my design aesthetic. I always want to bring a provocative undertone that can sometimes go unnoticed in tailored garments, but enough to get a sense of femininity and grit.
HOW HAS YOUR EXPERIENCE AT CHRISTIAN DIOR AND VIVIENNE WESTWOOD AFFECTED YOUR WORK OR THE WAY YOU WORK?
Having the opportunity to work within larger fashion houses has made a huge difference for me. I think seeing the other end of the spectrum when starting your own label is really important as it puts things into perspective. When I was at Westwood I spent my time between different departments and got to see the way pieces went from design to a physical garment. That knowledge was extremely helpful and has helped me understand the structure more, but never took away any element of excitement as Vivienne Westwood’s collections are always momentous and elaborate. At Dior, it was more about seeing the way the French Couture houses work. I focused on design and fabric techniques. It made me realise that the quality, surface design and textures are integral along with the importance of attention to detail.
WHO IS YOUR DREAM CLIENT?
I was actually asked to make pieces for Beyonce not too long ago and that felt like a ‘dream client’ moment!
WHAT DO YOU LOVE AND HATE ABOUT THE INDUSTRY IN LONDON?
I love London for the opportunities you get and the people you meet, both of which are priceless. Saying that, what I hate about London is the price! It is expensive just to live in London, so building a label on top of that and basing yourself here isn’t exactly a breeze.
WHICH OTHER DESIGNERS DO YOU ADMIRE?
Jean Paul Gaultier, Jacquemus, Thierry Mugler, Carolin Holzhuber, Poster Girl, Iris Van Herpen, Alexander Wang…
WHAT CITIES INSPIRE YOU?
New York and London for the people and youth culture- I have always wanted to go to Japan so Tokyo is next on my list.
WHERE CAN WE BUY YOUR CLOTHES?
I have a couple of stockists in Europe but will be opening my online store this summer so head to my website!
WHAT’S NEXT FOR FRANCESCA CAPPER?
Season Seven… Watch this space!
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