← Critic Award Winners: Sophie Theallet
Sophie Theallet creates clothes that stand alone in today’s Fashion. The only path she follows is her own, as each new collection is an evolution of the last, built around Sophie’s singular vision and mastery of craft. Her signature is a panaché of femininity, ease, sensuality and craftsmanship that is instantly recognizable. Like Sophie herself, the collections have an undeniably French accent, but also exude a freedom of spirit that transcends all borders – luxury clothing whose universal appeal lies in its unique point of view.
At 18, Sophie moved to Paris to attend the renowned fashion design school, Studio Berçot. She graduated early after winning France’s “National Young Design Award”. She was then hired by the most influential designer of this time, Jean-Paul Gaultier. She credits M. Gaultier for teaching her how to work with colors, how to develop the narrative of a collection, and most importantly, how to be fearless and to trust her own instincts.
A few years later, she moved on to Azzedine Alaïa where she would truly mature as a designer. During her 10 years as Alaïa’s right-hand woman, Sophie immersed herself completely in the world of Couture, which allowed her to refine her considerable cutting and draping skills. She worked on the main collection as well as accessories and knitwear, traveling constantly while closely working by the side of the Master.
After moving to New York City, Sophie continued to work with Alaïa on a part-time basis, while also freelancing for other fashion labels. In 2007, she launched her own label, Sophie Theallet, which swiftly garnered critical acclaim from the media and prestigious retailers. In 2009, her talent was ultimately recognized by the American fashion industry at its highest level when she won the coveted CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award. In 2012, her innovative designs were again praised and recognized as the US winner of the prestigious Woolmark Prize. She has since collaborated with brands like the Gap, Lancôme, The Limited, Cacique / Lane Bryant …. Designed costumes for choreographer/dancer Blanca Li, worked as a “Couture consultant” for Director Jocelyn Moorhouse on The Dressmaker with Kate Winslet.
Sophie Theallet’s growing clientele responds intimately to her ability to create a sense of discovery about each garment. From a simple t-shirt to an elaborately constructed evening gown, Sophie Theallet’s clothes invite the woman’s personality to come through. It is this philosophy about subtle sexiness, beauty, substance, and style that continues to draw converts worldwide.
In 2020, she launched with her partner Steve Francoeur Room 502 – A Fair Trade, Ethical Luxury Brand. With a direct-to-customer approach. Room 502 offers Limited Edition luxury Pieces at discreet pricing, removing any middleman. Created by Sophie in response to the messages of empowerment received from her private clients. Room 502 is rooted in her “savoir-faire” and “values”. An enlightened approach to what is the future of Luxury Fashion; to offer impeccable designed “timeless” silhouettes, with the highest respect of everyone involved in the process, a truly engaging approach that counters passive consumption
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