I never like to think that I…

Grunge is a hippied romantic version of punk. I always thought what you wore underneath was as important as what you wear on top. I like the body. I like to design everything to do with the body. It’s a philosophy of life. A practice. If you do this, something will change, what will change is that you will change, your life will change, and if you can change you, you can perhaps change the world. I’ve always tried to push myself technically and to push myself visually. That’s been part of the journey.

I never like to think that I design for a particular person. I design for the woman I wanted to be, the woman I used to be, and – to some degree – the woman I’m still a little piece of. It is difficult to talk about fashion in the abstract, without a human body before my eyes, without drawings, without a choice of fabric – without a practical or visual reality. I love women’s fashion, but women don’t need me as much as men do. It’s the men who have nothing to wear. It is not easy to dress well. A lot of self-importance goes on in the fashion industry. I’m not like that.

First I made a dress because I was pregnant and I wanted to be the most beautiful pregnant woman. Then I made a sweater because I wanted to have one that wasn’t like anyone else’s. All I did my first year at Vogue was Xerox. The important thing is to take your time and not get stressed. My job is to bring out in people what they wouldn’t dare do themselves. I am no longer concerned with sensation and innovation, but with the perfection of my style.