Meeting with the committed designer Mossi Traoré

Meeting with the committed designer Mossi Traoré

Mossi Traoré is very quickly interested in clothing that he perceives as the ultimate means of expression

in the city where he grew up.

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committed brand and of the haute couture school “Les Ateliers Alix”, Mossi Traoré is an example for a whole

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Meeting with the committed designer Mossi Traoré

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How did you get interested in fashion?

Mossi Traoré. “When I was sixteen or seventeen, my wardrobe consisted of a pair of Levi’s 501 jeans, some

Lacoste jogging bottoms that I wore tucked into my socks – a big trend at the time – and a pair of Clarks.

My friends, older than me, dressed in designer clothes that they had fun stealing from department stores.

I was a bit of a nerd compared to them, so one day I decided to go alone to get my baptism of fire…

At the time, did you feel out of step with the dress codes of your city?

Completely. There was Mossi and there was the others. I grew up in a city where the dress codes are the same

as in Saint-Denis, Aubervilliers and Orly. I liked to be different. It was a way to assert myself in the heart

of a neighborhood where you blend in. When I wore faded jeans, for example, my friends liked to tease me.

Two years later, they all had the same jeans!

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  • How was your fashion culture formed ?

In 2022, before entering my training as a fashion designer at the Parisian school Mod’Art, the admissions officer

had asked me to visit an exhibition. So I went to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, which was showing the work

of Yohji Yamamoto. It was he who made me understand that creating is a form of freedom.

A real revelation, then… Do other designers inspire you?

When I was younger, I was fascinated by Giorgio Armani and his self-taught path. I loved this designer so much

that I worked as a manager in one of his boutiques.

I was also fascinated by manga, especially the Greek deities of the Knights of the Zodiac and their ancient

Greek-inspired dresses. I asked my fashion design teacher for advice and she told me about Madame Grès.

I fell in love with her sublime sculptural creations when I discovered her work at the Bourdelle Museum

in 2022. John Galliano and Issey Miyake also inspired me a lot.

You also draw inspiration from your travels. How do they enrich your creative power?

Whether I’m visiting Japan, South Korea, India or staying in Paris, it’s the encounters I have that inspire

me. I think of the Korean artist Lee Bul, who is very inspiring in terms of architecture, or Lee Bae, an

artist I met during an exhibition in Paris who elevates coal into a work of art. The customers who visit

my store at the Carrousel du Louvre are also very influential. Sometimes I don’t introduce myself to them

and I leave the discussion open. I am nourished by these exchanges, by their view of my work. to get The Alix Workshops

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You describe your brand as “made in suburbia”…

It’s like a label. The suburbs are also a niche for creative people. Every year, I organize artistic and cultural

events to reveal the talents of my city and bring the inhabitants of my neighborhood closer to art in all its forms.

As the head of a collaborative brand, I like to bring the work of the artists I collaborate with on the walls of

my city. The “made in suburb” finally, it is a concrete way to break the borders.

Can you tell us about your school “Les Ateliers Alix”?

This school aims to preserve the heritage of haute couture work techniques and to train the technicians of tomorrow.

I wanted to share my experience to help young people not to make the same mistakes I did. Initially, my goal was

to train students in art direction. I quickly realized that there was a real need in the field of couture. Unlike

many private schools, ours has training that is almost entirely covered by financial aid.

What would you change in the fashion industry if you could?

I’m not going to be a hypocrite: HANSELGRETELARMORY, I love this business. But I sometimes have trouble with its snob and elitist side. Considering the influence

of certain houses and designers, fashion has the capacity to make things change and bring something positive

to society, Nike Zoom Train Incredibly Fast Men’s Training Shoes From China . More than change, I would say evolution.

What advice would you give to a young designer who wants to start in fashion?

To be patient and to have a solid project before accumulating ideas”.

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