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Interview with Stefán Orschel-Read Couture Menswear Designer


Stefán Orschel-Read is a luxury menswear designer. I love that you see so many inspirations in the clothes from Dandy, Punk to Goth, creating a unique refreshing style. This menswear collection for Autumn/Winter 2008 was inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, Quentin Crisp and the Belle Epoque.

You used to ride for Great Britain complete in Dressage. Do you think that has influenced your work?
  - I believe it does more than I think. In dressage what you strive for is harmonious power. Harmony and balance is something that has long been a theme in my work, whether it be the balance between masculine and feminine or the balance between what is perceived as wearable and the avant-garde. In dressage we also pursue elegance, and the dress worn represents this. With even my most unconventional work I aim for them to have a certain air of elegance and class.


I love your current collection ‘Mourning for Orlando’ can you tell us a bit about your new collection “DXII”?
Orschel-Read - DXII is my collection for SS2010. It was inspired by Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Hindu religious art and London’s multicultural and eclectic youth. We are showing the collection at On/Off on the 20th September at 7.30pm. The collection is in two parts - my first RTW line and a couture line.

How would you describe your personal style?
Orschel-Read - My own style like everyone else’s constantly evolves, but there are elements of the counter-hegemonic to it mixed with elements of androgeny.

What other brands would your designs sit well against?
Orschel-Read - Our couture line sits somewhere between Westwood MAN and Hardy Amies. The new RTW is difficult to liken to another menswear brand.

If you could design for a fashion house – which one would it be?
Orschel-Read - I do not aspire to design for a house at the moment. I would however enjoy the challenge of designing a capsule collection for a sportswear brand.


Orschel-Read will be showing at On/Off during London Fashion Week. For more information please contact



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