She has given birth to witches with a grunge soul, to Victorian heroines from a cloak-and-dagger novel, with unisex boots on their feet. Models in which black is the predominant colour, in which a wealth of elements superimpose, form knots, intertwine, generating a constant movement of the lines. Low necks or austere cuts. Fur coats or bikers’ leather jackets, trench coats or pullovers with architectonic necks…Ann’s aim is to tell a story through the silhouette. Recurring elements of her fashion are poetry, fragility, strength, androgyny, visceral black, the rock and roll incarnated by her beloved friend Patti Smith.
1.- Who is Ann Demeulemeester?
Ann Demeulemeester, born in Waregem (Belgium) in 1959, is a fashion designer whose eponymous label Ann Demeulemeester collections are sold in over 30 countries worldwide. She is married to photographer Patrick Robyn with whom she has a son, Viktor. The couple live in Antwerp, in the only house in Belgium designed by Le Corbusier.
This is the questionnaire that the Spanish writer Josué Ramos sent us in order to publish the corresponding interview within the scope of Steampunk Hands around the World 2014.
The interview was originally published at MundoSteampunk.Net on 21st February, including the answers of creators like Sally-Ann Livingston and Malcolm Sinclair. Josué did a great work with an outstanding series of blog posts regarding Steampunk Hands around the World, and having the opportunity to collaborate with him was a priviledge. Do not miss the results!
This is a bilingual Spanish-English document.
Fifteen years ago I bought the album ‘Diabolical Streak‘ from Projekt, the independent label shop. That was my travel ticket to the world of Jill Tracy and I have not looked back since then.
As the official bio goes, ‘Jill Tracy is a San Francisco-based singer/pianist/storyteller and “musical evocateur” who has garnered multiple awards and a passionate following for her beautifully chilling cinematic music, sophisticated lyrics, old-world glamour, and curious passion for strange tales’.
From my point of view, Jill Tracy is the diva of the dark cabaret genre. Her ‘musical seances’ are legendary, she has performed life in places like the haunting Mütter Museum and ‘Evil night together’, precisely a song extracted from ‘Diabolical Streak’, was featured in ‘The Final Symphony’ of Dexter (the successful serial killer drama series, yes).
I.- About Royal Couture
Royal Couture is an emerging high fashion company born to shake up the bridal and party fashion with its creations. Their clothing is characterised by the magic and refinement extracted from dance, opera, painting and the most acclaimed icons of the international Haute Couture. The essence of Romanticism and Art Nouveau distinguish garments that transform their wearers into the protagonists of an enchanted story to be remembered forever.
Using unique fabrics coming from distant places such as India or New York, so exclusive that turn the garments into unrepeatable works of art, Royal Couture makes daydream garments through handcrafted production in Spain. Extremely elegant and exclusive patterns, hand-sown embroideries and exquisite attention to detail are some of the identity signs of the brand.
Singularity in its purest state, isn’t it?