“What interests me about the world of fashion is that nothing is new” says Cathy Pill. For her, the development of fashion is directly linked to history and to the people who live it. She has revived the aesthetic and symbolic elements of fashion that are timeless and, in the past, were used to define social class. She loves to recover and to change historical details, mixing the present and the past to create a modern collection of ready-to-wear clothes.
Her new collection is a prolongation of her last “Mata Hari” collection, in which she mixes the past with the modern industrial period, bringing in the speed of the photocopy era. The collection contains many motifs from the early twentieth century, photocopied in black-and-white and then twisted to fit the shape of a dress, creating optical effects which emphasise the shape of the female body.
She holds a degree from the La Cambre College of Art in Brussels and worked as a stagiaire with A. F. Vandervorst and Vivienne Westwood. Her 2006 spring-summer collection, entitled “Blink” won the YSL Prize and the Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint-Laurent Foundation Prize at the Arts décoratifs du Louvre exhibition. For further information visit the official website: http://www.cathypill.com/