“A long time ago, I designed a cardigan for myself. I wanted a sweatshirt that opened at the front, with lots of press-studs to make it resemble an 18th century garment, an item of children’s clothing for adults or vice versa.”
“It’s a work of art and at the same time you live with it, sleep with it, it wears out and you love it all the more, you lose it, someone else finds it, it is passed round. Even if it is not a very valuable object in itself, you become attached to it because it bears a particular significance. It is a formidable medium for a work, ideas, a gag… to affirm oneself, too.”
“At the time, I found fashion too complicated. I wanted to start again from scratch, taking working clothes as a basis. I brought a new take on painters’ trousers, the waiter’s jacket, the builder’s dungarees…”
In 1977 agnès b. met a rugby shirt manufacturer. These shirts are made in thick striped cotton cloth, and agnès b. had the idea of using them to make collarless tee-shirts, which she dyed to obtain special colours. This tee-shirt was one of her first successes, and features regularly in all her collections in various versions, with long or short sleeves and broad or narrow stripes.
agnès b. loves sprinkling messages over her tee-shirts: now, along with “b. wild”, “b. cool” and b. “happy” we find more unexpected phrases like “Nothing fools nobody”, “We’re going to Valparaiso”, “Rock’n roll is not dead” or occasional messages of solidarity, as for the tsunami of March 2011: “Long live so courageous Japan”. agnès b. also puts messages on the clothes in the children’s and “le petit b.b.” collections.
“It can be an image taken from the beaches of Brittany, of neon colors, of Tokyo, New York graffiti…” Passionate about photography, agnès b. decided to use clothes and style as a medium through which to show her pictures and images. Screen printed on a t-shirt, a skirt or a dress, the photo style underlines and punctuates every collection.
agnès b. makes use of an infinite pallet of prints. The most iconic – hearts, stripes, polkadots, flowers and gingham – are joined by leopard and paisley.
We don’t speak about her white shirt but about her white shirts; They are an iconic part of the house. In cotton, in seersucker, with simple buttons, with snap buttons or just zipped, with or without sleeves, with pointed, Italian, round or officer neck, with lavaliere, frill or without, large or fitted, mannish style or just blouse style. Sometimes even printed… Definitely something for everyone!