Flora McLean interview
SMorandini: When did you discover you wanted to do fashion?
Flora McLean for House of Flora: I wanted to design clothes like Claude Montana and early Pierre Cardin when I was 14 /15. I made lots of sketches and planned costumes in books and made my collages clothes. The first collection that I was proud of was at Middlesex University in 1993.
SM: Where did you find your inspiration for the last collection?
FML: For the “Bamboo Queen” I was looking at Japanese gardens and materials. I looked at combs and hairstyles from ancient Japanese paintings and architecture.
SM: What are your influences - artistic movements, muses, and icons?
FML: I love looking at surrealism. Also I love the Russian constructivists and German Bauhaus movement. I am a big fan of Oskar Schlemmer and Moholy Nagy.
SM: What monument?
FML: I really like the British Telecom tower in central London and the Westway in West London.
SM: What fascinates you?
FML: I love music all kinds - from disco to Brahms. I also try to speak other languages. I love going to the ballet and seeing what people can do with their bodies. So many things fascinate me; it’s hard to list them all.
SM: Are there any new materials you will work with or would like to experiment with in the future?
FML: I would like to work with enamel.
SM: I give you 5 keywords. Could you comment each word?
FML: Be aware.
FML: I like the music but I don’t bother with religion as it always causes trouble/wars.