“There are no free spirits anymore” is the latest inspiration, if we could call it this way at all, of Stéphane Rolland for his high fashion spring 2019 collection. This year, he takes us back to the 1920s, when people felt much freer to think, create and share. And today we introduce you to Stéphane because his shows differ from everything else we have seen during fashion weeks with one thing – sculptures made of fabric.
Stéphane Rolland is a French fashion designer that we consider a true miracle in haute couture and a genuine sculptor in contemporary fashion. He was born in Maisons-Alfort, France in 1966 and he grew up in different places, such as the south of France, Paraguay, Argentina and the Caribbean. He drew his first dress when he was only four years old and 1982 he graduated from the École de la ChambreSyndicale de la Couture Parisienne.
Young Stéphane’s talent is noticed by the fashion house of Balenciaga when he is at the tender age of twenty. Having hardly spent a year there, he is promoted to the brand’s creative director for men’s wear, but he leaves the house at 24 to start his own brand with a ready-to-wear collection, which becomes an instant international success and sells out in over 80 boutiques worldwide. At the age of 31, he becomes the youngest fashion designer specialising in haute couture dresses and they really highlight the curves of the female body. And in spite of the fact that he has a selected clientele, he enjoys an unlimited number of fans all around the globe.
In the meantime, the maestro also works in the field of costume, he becomes an official partner to the Cannes Film Festival and is nominated for the prestigious Molière Award in two consecutive years. On the 2ndof July 2007, the designer releases the first haute couture collection under his name and the fashion house of Stéphane Rolland becomes a fact the fashion world. Stéphane runs his company for six years after which he is invited by French designer Jean-Louis Scherrer to work as a creative director in his fashion empire for haute couture. Rolland works for Scherrer for ten years and gains enough experience to make a chef-d’oeuvre out of every dress.
His projects have become increasingly popular as he works mainly with the natural silhouette and the curves of the female body while his designs always highlight the best in every client and this makes them so incredible. Inspired by painting, sculpture and even photography, he knows everything about shape and proportion and he applies his knowledge masterfully in his projects.
Stéphane has a unique style – his designs are architectural and detailed, but simplified at the same time. The dress flows down the body and follows its curves while making the whole silhouette look like a walking sculpture. His outfits always reveal the eternal Parisienne with her exceptional taste in fashion.
Text: Milla Stoyanova