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Photo * Mike Vensel

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Photo * Mike Vensel

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Photo * Mike Vensel

SOCIETY FOR RATIONAL DRESS * FASHION Interview by Kat Turner

CG: I am Corinne Grassini, the designer of Society for Rational Dress. KT: Where does the name Society for Rational Dress come from? CG: I like to have it open to interpretation because everyone I meet has a different interpretation of what it means. It’s an actual society back the late 1800’s, the rational dress society. These women were considered social dress reformers they started wearing pants instead of corsets in order to be more functional in society and eventually they failed because it was too much for people to handle at that time, so I like that its based on a society of strong women that were trying to do something different but I also kind of like the fact that it didn’t work out because society kind of shunned them KT: Where are you from? CG: I grew up in Los Angeles Do you feel it has had a bearing on your designs? Not at all, when I say Los Angeles I mean back in the valley, I grew up back in the hills, with zip lines and horses and goats and stuff like that, my childhood was so fun, there was a stream in the backyard so we just rode horses and ran around and had mud fights. So when I say I grew up in LA people have a different idea. I feel like I grew up somewhere else. KT: Where did you study? CG: I went to school in LA just for a year to get a well rounded view of fashion and how it works, pattern making, draping, just the basics, and I went with that for a while and I had a freelance pattern making and design company and then I started my business. Then I went back to school at Central St. Martins in London for innovative pattern making.

It was amazing, I just felt I was lacking a lot of technical skill that is not available Los Angeles, it not offered, because here we make patterns for mass production a lot of times and in London at least in this program it was the complete opposite the more complicated the better, as if they are puzzles, it allowed me top open my mind up a bit creatively. KT: What is the signature look of Society for Rational Dress? CG: Through every collection we use a lot of leather, one of the first things I designed was a harness based on an old army surplus harness and I re draped it to fit the body around the chest and i draped that with good nice soft silk so that’s sort of the recurring theme. Is something hard and touch with something a little bit softer so it balances out. KT: Can you tell me about your current collection? CG: We did a little dance flat, based on Serge Gainsbourg’s jazz flats, but for women, we put a nice natural leather sole antique brass hardware, this collection for fall was pretty 60’s based, a little bit of dirt and grit, we used a lot of leather again and did a few harness dresses, and sort of the same recurring theme from other collections. KT: What advice would you give to emerging designers? CG: If someone wants to do what I am doing, i think the best way is to learn from the bottom up and intern somewhere and be really aware of all the ins and outs of having a business, because it is a business after all. For more visit: www.societyforrationaldress.com

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