As head of his eponymous label, and artistic director of the Loewe brand since 2013, Jonathan Anderson is one of the most prolific designers of his generation. With his artistic sensibilities and democratic approach to fashion, this Northern-Irish designer is one of the most interesting figures in the fashion industry today. Interview.
Monnier Frères: When you were young you wanted to be an actor. Do you remember when fashion became a plan for you?
Jonathan Anderson: I was always interested in making things, even from childhood. It was a bit of a gradual change at first. It wasn’t really a plan. I guess it became something more concise when I started at London College of Fashion.
MF: How working for Prada with Manuela Pavesi helped you to shape your vision?
J.A.: Manuela was incredible. She had an impeccable sense of style that impressed everyone. She gave me some of the best advice I ever got in my professional life: never compromise. I try to follow that advice with every collection, every day.
MF: You always make room for art in your collections (at JW Anderson’s as well as Loewe’s) and even brought sculptures and paintings into the stores to give people the opportunity to admire them and make them feel like they’re in a museum. How important is it for you that fashion be so close to art?
J.A.: For the last JW Anderson show in London we had this work by Liz Magor, a Canadian artist, in the centre of the room. She said something really interesting about how her piece was examining the experience of looking. I think art can influence how we look at fashion.