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Nicolas Woit

Fashion designer

Nicolas Woit is a star of “retro-fashion”! He has a passionate interest in fashion and his designs are like a patchwork of different styles: one bit here, another there, the whole overlaid with glamour and a whiff of nostalgia, in a world where past fashions only become fusty when they are put in glass display cases in museums.

He followed the well-worn path to Paris, where he studied basic design, modelling and fashion history at the Ecole Supérieure de la Mode (Esmod) , before working as a stagiaire for Mugler, Chloé and Issy Miyake. He then returned to Brussels, where he and a friend started a made-to-measure women’s wear business, specialising in evening gowns and suits, while also elegantly dabbling in interior design. Then he moved in with his friend Peta Puck who runs a vintage clothing store, specialising in early twentieth-century designs. He began to experiment by transforming 1920s dresses into short, figure-hugging skirts, huge linen tablecloths into coats embroidered with pearls and heavy silk brocade curtains into dresses à la Scarlett O’Hara. In 1998, he set himself up in his own shop and workshop in the Rue Antoine Dansaert, financed by selling his collection of 1960s Barbie dolls.

Today, Nicolas’s clothes retain his personal “hand-made” look and are often made from “transformed” material, using the old-style fabrics he loves, while retaining a hint of melancholy. Whether he is making a one-off evening gown, or a knowingly-cut, ready-to-wear, zipped patchwork skirt, Nicolas always respects the original periods of his materials and limits himself to finding a new way of interpreting clothes as memories or evidence of the past.

For further information visit the official website: http://www.nicolaswoit.com

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