Première Vision Paris: Meeting with Studio Cymé
A catalyst for trends in the fashion sector, Première Vision Paris is a bi-annual show that brings together textile designers and creators, but also offers round tables, conferences and experimental laboratories that invite technology to collaborate with the fashion industry. In the midst of leather, wool and jacquard, exceptional houses or young designers – the salon is a partner of theHyères International Fashion, Photography and Fashion Accessories Festival– stands Première Vision Designs, a unique space that welcomes textile designers. Their ornamental models reflect the future trends of the collections, both in ready-to-wear and furniture. Ornamental or geometric motifs, embroidered or pearled models, flowered or coloured boards: the uniqueness of each studio or designer is revealed in this abundant space which welcomes 220 exhibitors from more than 20 different nationalities. We will meet Cymé, a textile design studio based in Paris, and Agnès Denat, its co-founder, talks to us about this studio and the textile design profession.
Marlène Pegliasco: Tell us about Cime.
Agnès Denat: Cymé was created four years ago to bring together independent designers. Organizing trade shows and attracting new customers can be difficult for young creators; for companies, the time spent looking for original creations is time consuming. Thus, our studio gathers about a hundred independent designers via its online print sales platform. Beyond our marketplace, we represent them in salons or in customers. We offer unique productions for demanding companies looking for exclusive visuals and original designs. Within Studio Cymé, I manage the artistic direction of this community and of course, I create models.
M.P.: As a designer, how do you design your models?
A.D.: A design is the accumulation of inspiration of a thousand and one things! I approach my collections by looking for my colourful ranges, I think about future trends since we work a year and a half or even two years in advance. I read, travel, frequent exhibitions, note overlaps, coincidences and feed this with existing iconographies and materials to create a trend book. Inside will be declined several themes and thus, within the studio, we develop our models from these trendy axes and these coloured themes. At Première Vision Paris in February, we present approximately 350 new drawings that prefigure the Spring-Summer 2020 collection.
M.P.: How do companies work on your design?
A.D.: : We draw by hand, but we sell a ready-to-use digital file for the industry, at the fitting, with separate colours and technical annotations if necessary so that the file can be used regardless of the final medium. The models are licensed with a two-year exclusivity for fashion and four years for furniture.
M.P.: You have just createdLa Trame – French Federation of Textile and Surface Design.
A.D: This Federation is supported by the representatives of 7 textile design studios, including my own. The aim of La Trame is to represent, support and defend the interests and rights of all textile designers and independent surfaces. We have recurring issues specific to our sector, such as the pricing of creative services, the management of copyrights and their transfer, the valuation of know-how specific to our profession, which decided to create this organization. The profession of textile designer is not well known to the general public and its actors in France are few in number. Textile design intervenes in drawing, fabric (weaving, embroidery…), its technical manufacturing processes, but not in the very shape of a garment and in this respect, it is often in the shadow of other professions in the fashion sector. Moreover, the majority of textile designers also work on a freelance basis, thanks to the Federation, they now have an entity capable of bringing them together, representing them, advising them and, of course, defending them. We also wish to build bridges between the different branches of the textile sector and thus enhance French creation, with the capacity to organize fairs abroad, or to be present by grouping together in the form of French pavilions dedicated to textile design. We are already fortunate to be supported in this initiative by Première Vision, where the Trame has its own stand on this edition! French textile creation is different, singular and we must be more visible to show our know-how, our requirements and the quality of our work. Each design has the signature of its creator and it is this richness that we intend to highlight.
Première Vision Paris
From 12 to 14 February 2019
Exhibition Centre – Paris Nord Villepinte
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