Accomplished young French designer Lea Peckre has been designing for the elegant and independent woman since her Spring/Summer 2013 debut collection.
When did you know that this was what you wanted to do with your life? How did you get started?
The first time I really understood what fashion is for a designer, I knew. That revelation happened when I was starting my studies at la Cambre.
How did you get started?
When I won the Hyères Festival 2011, launching my own label seemed to be the way to go. Since I have always had an urge for building a project, creating my own brand was a natural choice.
What effect (if any) do you think your childhood has had on the creativity you display as an adult?
Both of my parents are working in the movie industry, they have a very precise vision about image and lightning. That inspire me a lot as a child.
Also, I have done ballet for several years. That discipline forced me to be extremely rigorous and influence a lot the way I work now.
What are your earliest memories involving fashion?
The first show at my school.
What inspires you?
I found myself often inspired by architecture and light. But to be honest, anything can inspire me.
What is your design process?
I always start by material research and development. The materials determinate a lot the way than I am approaching construction. I don’t draw so much; I am draping on the doll.
Have you ever doubted your talent/work? If so, how did you work through it?
Like everyone else I do… and like everybody else I don’t how I get through it.
Do you design with a specific client in mind? If so, who is that person?
I like to belive that anybody can be seduced by my clothes… but when I design I have an elegant and independant woman in mind.
Is there a piece or a collection you are most proud of?
The last collection, Fall/Winter 2013-14, because I think I found the balance between clothes that I would wear and my artistic vision. Finding that balance pushed me to go further and inspires me a lot for the next step.
Have commercialism and/or the media had any impact on your work? Is this good or bad?
Yes of course. It would be dangerous to ignore that influence. The media and commercialism are both very important and bring constraint into the work and take on that challenge is very interesting.
Who or what is something or someone fabulous that you think is underrated or overlooked?
No idea… I have a lot on my plate right now so it is not a big part of my preoccupation.
Do you have any words of wisdom for someone starting out in your field?
Be prepared 😉
All Clothing by Lea Peckre
Production & Art Direction by Michael Marson & Ruben Tomas
Photography by Ruben Tomas
Styling by Michael Marson
Hair & Makeup by Florence Samain
Model(s) Rosemarijn Bol Raap @ Be Models