As the Creative Director of our brand for more than ten years, Monica collaborates on the design process for each collection, forecasting seasonal themes and colours. Harnessing her design talent as the past founder and creative director of womenswear label Monica Chong Design, she shapes all of the Cutler and Gross visuals and directs our creative campaigns.
Monica spoke to Dazed Digital on the twin strands of Schiaparelli and the 40s:
“My source of inspiration has always been the ’40s look, especially Schiaparelli – I’m obsessed and very pleased the house might be brought back soon. I collect the jewellery and through Schiaparelli I collected other 40s things like hats and dresses, which I wear a lot – I have a huge collection which I customise. As part of my interest in the 40s, I’m also very in love with anything to do with surrealism. So the Dada movement, Man Ray, Dalí, Magritte, you name them, I love them all. Schiaparelli was the first fashion designer who was clever enough to collaborate with artists. She was very brave, you know – think of the lobster dress, the shoe hat, the telephone compact.”