Every artist, regardless of their craft, possesses a repertoire of mentors who paved the way, providing immeasurable inspiration. In Mouret’s case, he considers Azzedine Alaïa and Yohji Yamamoto to have played an intrinsic role in his life, as his spiritual parents.
‘I learned that in order to become a master of your craft, you need to toil for it first.’ - Roland Mouret
Known as the ‘King of Cling’, Alaïa Azzedine mastered the art of sculpting the silhouette in an alluring and glamorous way. He celebrated the female form by designing iconic dresses and treating the body as an art.
As for Yamamoto, a pioneer of the Japanese New Wave, he revolutionized the concept of the ‘Uniform’ with his powerful black color palette and his avant-garde tailoring and draping techniques.
During his early years, Roland crossed paths with both masterminds: dining at Alaïa’s kitchen and modelling Yohji’s designs. Since then, Mouret has always admired both their humility and grandeur and their expertise has hugely influenced his own work.
‘I imagine my work to be a fusion of both geniuses: The Uniforms of Glamour.’
Yohji Yamamoto and Azzedine Alaïa featured in the second issue of A Magazine curated by Yamamoto himself, 2005.