Today's Fashion Hero, Roland Mouret, Quits His Fashion Job and Name

by Fran Walker
Fashion School Review Columnist

November 30, 2005

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If you didn't hear about the "galaxy" dress in October, you must have been in Timbuktu. Creating and accentuating an hour-glass figure, it is figure-friendly and fabulous - and already sold out! How strange then that Roland Mouret, designer of today's fashion cult, should quit his fashion job - and the company that bears his name.

And Today's Fashion Must-Have Is...The Galaxy Dress

The Galaxy Dress, priced at around $1,500.00, has been worn by all the right people lately. Cameron Diaz, Nicole Kidman, Scarlett Johansson and Rachel Weisz have all worn it, and copies are already being mass-produced. In the very week the dress started showing up everwhere, however, designer Roland Mouret quit the one of the hottest fashion jobs around.

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Mouret's Unconventional Fashion Design Education

Roland Mouret 's fashion design education was gained on the job, working first as a model for Jean Paul Gaultier then a stylist for Robert Clergerie. He moved to London in 1994 and by 1998 he was presenting his own 15 piece collection at London fashion week.

In his case, Roland Mouret's lack of formal fashion design education has worked in his favor; he loves the curves of a woman's body and the way fabric clings to it. He works without patterns, but by draping and pinning fabric straight onto the stand. From this was born the fabulous galaxy dress.

What Fashion Jobs Lie in Roland Mouret's Future?

It is perhaps his lack of fashion design education, however, that made him allow millionaires Andre and Sharai Meyers to became his financial backers in 2000 and retain all rights to his name. It is allegedly his continued status as mere employee that has caused his shock resignation.

Nominated as Designer of the Year at November's British Fashion Awards, yet Mouret will soon be starting again looking for fashion jobs. What a shame when today's fashion hero had just designed a dress that even (shock horror) curvy women could look good in. Let's just hope he inspires others to do the same in their fashion design education and fashion jobs. I wish him every success in his future fashion jobs.


About the Author
Fran Walker is a freelance writer, editor and researcher specializing in educational, health, safety and domestic issues. Previously, she spent five years in marketing in the self-help, health and health and safety sectors before leaving to start a family

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