Introducing Roland Mouret

Following his recent boutique opening at Bicester Village, we caught up with French fashion designer and draping mastermind, Roland Mouret, for an exclusive snapshot into his life.

French luxury womenswear designer Roland Mouret, 50, was born in Lourdes, France. He attended fashion school in Paris but dropped out to work as a model, stylist and artistic director. In the hope of pursuing his design ambitions, Mouret moved to London and, with no formal training, launched his eponymous label in 1998. It was the unveiling of the now iconic Galaxy dress in 2005 that shot him to fame. Known for his use of drape, cut and intuitive understanding of the female form, Mouret doesn’t use patterns or sketches to create his designs.

This week we caught up with the designer to talk style, inspiration and how he likes to unwind...

01

You have spent so much time in the UK, do you now consider England home?

Absolutely. It is home now. I came in the late eighties to London and never went back to France to live.

02

How do you divide your time between London and Suffolk?

I have a design studio at my home in Suffolk and enjoy travelling, so it works out fine.

03

How did you get into Fashion?

I fell into it. I was a small-time kid who went to Paris and it was like everything I ever imagined; and fashion and I fell in love. People think fashion is about clothes, but I realised very quickly that is only a small part of what it is.

04

How do you feel about inclusivity and diversifying your size range?

Inclusivity is everything. My dresses actually go up to size 20 already. I have an amazing customer who I design for who is size 24 who looks beautiful.

05

If you were stuck on a dessert island, what 4 things would you bring with you?

My iPad (do I get a Wi-Fi connection included? or am I missing the point?), a crate of rosé, a fishing rod and my Djellaba (a kind of Moroccan kaftan).

06

What is the greatest love of your life to date?

My partner

07

Do you have a motto or mantra by which you live?

Life is what it is – chopped liver.

08

Who would you most like to dress, that you haven’t already?

I’ve dressed all the most beautiful women in the world, and most of them were not famous.

People think fashion is about clothes but I realised very quickly that is only a small part of what it is.

Roland Mouret

Designer

09

What are you most proud of?

Still being allowed to do what I love doing.

10

Greatest regret?

Still doing what I’m doing.

11

Whose clothes do you most admire?

Alaia, Yohji.

12

Name three of your favourite books?

Notes on a Scandal, Littlemore and The Beautiful Fall.

13

What music do you like to listen to?

Marc Almond.

14

Favourite dish?

Anything from Ottolenghi.

15

What is your greatest fear or phobia?

Snakes.

16

Who has been your greatest inspiration?

My father of course.

17

Where is on your bucket list to travel to next?

Home.

18

How do you like to relax?

In my studio working, draping on a mannequin.

I want to be remembered as a person who wasn't afraid to start things.

Roland Mouret

Designer

19

How do you like to exercise?

What is that? Is exercise the same as drinking and eating?

20

Who’s the most important person in your life?

Again, my partner, followed by Mark and Justine.

21

Do you have any pets?

Dave the Jack Russell.

22

Best advice you’ve ever been given?

No regrets.

23

How would you like to be remembered?

I want to be remembered as a person who wasn't afraid to start things.