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Q & A with Hedi Slimane

Posted on: Wednesday, August 20, 2008

HINT MAG was honored to get an interview with the one and only Hedi Slimane... here are some highlights

Do you wish fashion had the kind of obsessive fans music has?

It has already. The Internet helped create an appeal for fashion and a fan culture that goes beyond knowledgeable. These fans have a true passion for details.

Have you ever wished you were a rock star in music, the way you were a rock star in fashion, and hopefully will be again?
Not at all. I always thought I stood behind a screen, sometimes a lens. I rarely felt exposed. It is not my nature, I assume, to stay "outside." Whatever happened was against my will.

You seem perfectly able and willing to go between observer and creator. I think that balance is fairly unique. How has that influenced your work?
I started with observing, since photography was my first passion. I assume that with time I developed an interaction between imagery and the design process. My work was always about one subject, one character that I tended to approach through different means. The balance is an attempt to avoid definition and to create a sense of perspective. I will never reach my goal, that is a given. I am just pretending, trying for something like utopia.

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