L'histoire d'Alexandre Blanc
Born in 1982, Alexandre Blanc grew up in the Southwest near Toulouse. Very early on, he initially planned to become a painter before integrating training as a stylist at the Duperré school of applied arts and then at the French fashion institute.
In 2007, he joined the Yves Saint Laurent house where he will reproduce on evening dresses a woven drapery technique developed during his studies. After a short stint at Balenciaga, he joined Guillaume Henry in 2009 and participated in the rebirth of the Carven house, then decided to become a freelance from 2012 which enabled him to collaborate with several houses including Jil Sander and more recently Oscar de la Renta.
Back in Paris, in September 2018, he created the Alexandre Blanc brand, for which he designed his prints himself and designed each piece in volume on a wooden mannequin in close collaboration with his design office located in Milan.
"Working with the volume of garments, I want to suggest a certain silhouette but mostly define a particular woman. I'm not interested in trends but prefer the idea of painting the portrait of a woman, season after season adding layers.
She's aristocratic, but also natural and slightly bohemian: she expresses that through a distinct mix of colors, prints: she's inspired by Cocteau, Braque, Matisse and Bakst. She's intellectual, confident in her knowledge of French culture. She assumes her boyish side: the shirt is a blank canvas onto which she can layer knits, jewellery, thus creating singular and spontaneous encounters.
She's confident in her sensuality, she likes suggesting her body. A large decolleté reveals the shoulders like ballerinas, the waist is cinched, a slit skirt reveals a colored underskirt, some lace, lingerie is suggested. She's not afraid of showing her vulnerability and her freedom to wear clothes that express her true personality.
The garments are structured, never constraining, they're meant to be worn every day, and reveal the persona of the woman that wears them, without ever taking center stage and overshadowing her personality. "