Kris Van Assche may be a house hold name in the fashion and entertainment worlds, but what many don’t know is that he almost skipped his calling as a fashion designer and went in a different direction. The Dior Homme Creative Director owes some of his earlier influences to his grandmother who served as an inspiration of beauty. In this latest session with The Talks Van Assche dishes on everything from growing up in Belgium to his early days at Yves Saint Laurent.  Here is an excerpt from the interview. Check out the full interview here.

What does beauty mean to you?

I don’t really differentiate beauty according to where it comes from. Making a nice table for a nice dinner is nicer than just eating food out of a plastic plate. It’s always been about that little extra effort that makes all the difference. And I think that’s true in all aspects of life.

Did you always know you wanted to become a fashion designer?

I’ve known from a very young age that I wanted to be a fashion designer, but I did hesitate at one point and considered becoming a florist. Which is kind of similar in the way that it is so unnecessary, but essential in a way. Ultimately fashion just seemed to be much more exciting and much more creative, so that’s the way things went.

How did your parents react? You are from a small town in Belgium where that is probably not the most common career choice.

My parents were really conservative and they didn’t get it, but they didn’t stop me from trying anyway. I had been a really good student before, so they thought I deserved a chance. My parents were the types to say, “Let him try for one year. He’ll get bored with it and then he’ll do something serious.” So that’s kind of how I got allowed to go to study fashion. And then they learned about fashion designers actually making a living and all that, so they kind of grew into it. And then by the fourth year of my studies they were really proud. So they made a lot of effort.

Do they come and see your shows now?

They haven’t missed any shows. They’ve seen 25 Kris Van Assche shows, like 20 men and 5 women, and they’ve seen 15 Dior Homme collections.


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