The next generation of French couture: Nina Galbé-Delord
There is a reason Paris still is, and will continue to be, the home of couture. When you see the work of talented up-and-coming designers such as French womenswear designer Nina Galbé-Delord, it is evident Paris' accolade will persist. Having recently completed her MA at the London College of Fashion in Fashion Technology Womenswear, Nina's work showcases a collection of vibrant, eclectic hues coupled with fun patterns, without compromising on elegance. Here to speak about her recent collections, is a conversation with the future crème-de-la-crème of French couture, Nina-Galbé Delord.
Describe a typical Nina Galbé-Delord wearer?
When I design I don’t really imagine a typical woman, but she would be elegant and sophisticated. She is fearless, open-minded and positive. At first, she appears like everyone else, but when you are next to her, you can feel she is special. That is a Nina Galbé-Delord woman.
What was the “Colours field” top inspired by and how long did it take to hand pleat this top?
Colours field top was inspired by the historical colonial city, Granada in Nicaragua, recognisable for its powerful and colourful architecture. It took me around 4 days to do this top as I created my own textile. I first laser cut 3 different sand-washed silks and created a colourful patchwork. I like to make garments using one pattern. This top is made from rectangular pieces folded and pleated in order to make a fluid and architectural top.
Your new MA collection that you recently showcased is called “Color Your Soul”. What can we expect from this?
This collection was inspired by abstract art, uses pure colour, shapes and forms to express meaning. Abstract art can touch the emotions in a fresh, raw and direct way. I created a collection to highlight both the strengths and weaknesses of a woman, to highlight the beauty of her. I would describe it as a colourful collection with generous and architectural volumes and handmade embroideries.
One of your collections is called Cultural Identities. What were you trying to portray with this collection?
I think it is important to exchange, share, discover from others in order to build a stronger identity. So, for Cultural Identities my inspiration came from the Monk and Tuareg cultures. Although these two cultures seem to be very different, there is actually a similar way of living. Tuaregs are considered nomads, same for Buddhists Monks who need the basic necessities such as a place to live, food and clothes. Both of them, use strips of fabrics to get dressed. Superposition, pleated, heterogeneous, fluid and strong elements wrapped around the body. I like to work with contrasting elements and create harmonious garments.
You finished your undergraduate degree in fashion in France and then came to London to do your MA at LCF. How would you say fashion education is different in France vs the UK?
Studying fashion design in France gave me all the tools to work in the industry. Concept is very important, you need to be able to talk about your projects in both an intellectual and creative way. On the other hand, technical skills are very important too. When I was studying in France, I had as many classes for pattern making and sewing as for design. In the UK you can feel creativity is more important than anything. What I like about my masters at LCF is that they push you to develop your creativity, but they also keep in mind the business aspect: you need to make clothes that are both wearable and creative. Having had the opportunity to study both in France and the UK, I feel like that I have received a holistic and complete fashion education.
Who is your favorite designer and why?
I love Josep Font’s work for the Spanish brand Delpozo, from the colour combinations, the fluid and architectural volumes to the handcraft embellishments.
London or Paris?
Tough one, can I say both?
Balmain or Givenchy?
Macarons and tea or biscuits and tea?
Really? I’m a typical French girl, macarons and tea of course!