the origins / childhood
the origins / at the beginning
“When I was little I would read everything I could find about Versailles: Saint Simon’s Memoires, texts written by the curators. I dreamt of becoming a museum curator. And my grand-mother talked about the 18th century as if it were yesterday! This town gave me my Cartesian, logical, rigorous side, and at the same time my more whimsical, baroque facet.”
Since the very beginning, agnès b. has always designed clothes that never go out of fashion, compiling her own stylistic vocabulary from a combination of classic codes and street trends. The snap cardigan, overalls, dungarees, petticoat, striped t-shirt, perfecto, sweatshirt, pinafore dress… so many essential items that can be adapted to any style suit different generations. With the varied colour schemes, tone on tone, deep black, pinks that veer towards reds, motifs inspired by nature but also street art or references to period garments, the aestheticism of agnès b. is rich and diverse.
“self-portrait”, ca 1975, © agnès b.
the origins / style
the origins / the parisian
the origins / casual chic
the origins / the first shop
the origins / 3, rue du jour
les origines / rue du jour
the origins / first men shop
the origins / I love to dress men
I love to dress men ….
“I really enjoy doing it […] I give free rein to my imagination, as if I were meeting my heroes again, as if I were able to meet men from the 17th or 18th centuries or the last century.”
“My collections for men have a feminine aspect: the tweed vests are soft, the materials are light, the lines hug the form… For touch is very important.”
Since 1981, agnès b. also dresses men.
The three piece suit of the 1950s, the dandy look, New Wave elegance, photography from the 1940s to the 1960s are, for the stylist, the codes of her men’s fashion.