Who is Bruno Romagne?
I’m French and I was born and raised in a little village near Le Mans, the city that is famous for its 24 hours race car, and the movie with Steve McQueen. I’m a fashion designer and a painter, and I have been living in NYC for 3 years now.
Why did you become a designer?
At 11 years old, I watched a documentary on tv about Ines de La Fressange and the “renouveau” of Chanel, at the time models were the new super stars, and it was a revelation! I decided I would be a fashion designer. At that time, I was already drawing sketches on my notes and class books, and reading Marie Claire, Elle and Vogue which was the reference for Haute Couture.
I understand that you are a mixed media artist, tell us what’s your preference between being a designer or an artist?
I don’t have a real preference between a designer or an artist, they are complementary, and they are giving me a balance. As a designer, I mix creativity with skilled techniques of patterning, but keeping in mind the business part as the clothes need to be wearable and saleable. It is a subtle alchemy! As an artist, I have no limit in creation, and create without boundaries.
Can you tell us more about your design background?
After graduating from La Chambre Syndicale de la Couture in Paris I started my career at Dior in the atelier Haute Couture, then moved to the studio and closely worked with Gianfranco Ferre and after him John Galliano. An amazing experience with 2 incredible designers with their own aesthetics. I worked also for Nina Ricci, Agnès B, and Kenzo. 3 years ago, I had the opportunity to cross the Atlantic and work in NYC!
Describe your creative process.
A collection usually starts by my mood board assembling materials, textures, colors, fabrics… I begin to draw a few silhouettes giving the main theme of the collection. Then I develop by group: dresses, skirts, blouses…
For my painting, I start usually to do the framing in wood. Indeed, each painting is made of several canvases assembled. I work afterwards with colors and add volume with webbing, wood, horn and much more…
What are you working on now?
I’m working on the resort 2018, and a new series of painting.
Tell me about a project you’ve completed that has made you the proudest.
The creation of my own brand Almire Paris.
What inspires you?
A shadow in the street, an architecture detail, a piece of fabric…
What’s your biggest fear?
The white page could be scary, but it allows you to surpass yourself and is very stimulating!
Never take anything for granted…
What was your biggest challenge moving to the United States?
Your advice to the new wave of up and coming creative minds.
Authenticity and humility.
Tell us about your daily routine?
The less routine the better it is. But one of the few things I do almost every day is a banana and cookies for breakfast, a homemade smoothie, gym.