Lloyd Klein Interview


Five minutes with Lloyd Klein, the former head designer of House of Grès

Since our post on the Madame Grès exhibit at the Musée Bourdelle in Paris, we’ve were pleased to have the opportunity to interview one of the House of Grès’ most prominent head designers, Lloyd Klein. The now Los Angeles-based couturier sat down with us to answer a few questions.

FrontRowMag: How did you get find yourself in fashion?
Lloyd Klein: It started with a Hubert de Givenchy show—the dimming of the lights and each model emerging from the dark just ignited a passion within me.

FRM: Where did you train?
LK: I’ve had no formal training—I learned everything by myself.

FRM: How did you become associated with the House of Grès?
LK: I was showing off-schedule with several other designers at the time when someone from the House of Grès came to see my show. And from there, I was asked to join the house as head designer.

FRM: Where did you find inspiration to design for the collection?
LK: Well, recalling one instance, I was strolling through Parisian neighbourhoods when I stopped to look at the statues, and it just struck me how much draping relied on light and shadow.

FRM: What are your current plans?
LK: We’ve been spending time building our foundation at the House of Lloyd Klein before jumping into new ventures. But now, we’re set to soon launch our ready-to-wear collection, as well as begin showing again during New York Fashion Week.

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