THE FINE PRINT: Alex Mullins, we are delighted to interview a man of so many talents. Starting with your work as a student, you were educated at Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art in London. How much of your success do you credit to these schools?
ALEX MULLINS: CSM and RCA were incredible. They helped both shape and control my imagination whilst allowing me to explode my creativity. I developed skills to be able to translate what I see in my head into reality.
TFP: Your AW16 collection is called “Process of Boredom”. Boredom does not necessarily need to be a bad thing, but why choose this name to describe a far from boring collection? How do you materialise the notion of boredom in your garments?
AM: It is not boredom itself but what happens when your mind drifts off. It is a common thought, something anyone can relate to. That is my common goal, to create a second thought, or a developed way of thinking.
TFP: This season, you collaborate with photographer Hazel Gaskin to create photographic textiles. What was the idea behind this partnership, and why did you choose to work with photographs?
AM: The idea was to do the collection in reverse- shoot the campaign first, then put the campaign on the garments. I love the idea of oxymoron, a kind of spoof of real life.
TFP: In general, what does your current fashion work focus on? How is what you are creating unique and how does it showcase you as a designer?
AM: I try to create things that I have not seen before, but that also feel familiar – something obvious, but seen in a new way. Fashion is a lot about the ‘new’ but I think it is just about being objective.
TFP: The use of denim is recurrent in your collections. Can you describe why you love this fabric?
AM: The denim construction is what I love the most. It is so brutal and strong, tough and functional, honest and decorative. I am obsessed with fabric, and how the smell can make you feel. Denim is really reliable and gets better with age.
TFP: As a devoted designer in your creative work, where do you draw your inspiration from when creating your pieces? Do you have a specific research process when you start a new collection?
AM: It is just a gut feeling, then it manifests. I start the ‘doing’ process quite early on as I like my thoughts to come to life. Then I just process and develop, and it snowballs from there.
Text by KEVIN MEUNIER
Photography JESSICA MAHAFFEY