Blandine Bardeau



Blandine Bardeau, 23. Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, BA (Hons.) Fashion Graduate 2009.

– specialism: Fashion Womenswear.


Design Background: 

I first took the foundation course in art and design at saint martins, it was an amazing preparation for the BA. It teaches you the entire design process. I loved it but it was very hard.

I have briefly interned at Tristan Webber, Emma Cook and then did a long internship at Louis Vuitton which was an amazing experience. I did my BA in four years instead of three so that the 3rd year was only for internships.


What was the most valuable you learned before starting at your education?

“To keep working no matter what. A day is made of 24 hours” (Joe Bates).



Photoshoot: Scott MacSween.


Project title:

Transformations: My Final Year Collection



I started getting very much into people who choose very unconventional lives, especially artists and designers. I love the freedom that emanates from musicians like Björk, CocoRosie, or David Bowie. They create mythologies around a stage character, but what’s fascinating is that the boundaries between the real and the imagined are very thin. The idea of transformation has inspired me throughout the year, and I wanted to create clothes which are not uniform and rigid, but, just like us as people,  have identities which allow us to become creatures, animals, boys or girls. Our imagination is endless and much more powerful than we think and I used mine to create my collection, basing a lot of the shapes on my own drawings. I wanted this collection to be as free and natural as creation is for a child.

I looked at more traditional cultures where people allow themselves to become animals, trees or the opposite sex, and I found that Paganism, which used very a widespread religion, is imbibed with the same stories and possibilities. Our connection to nature has completely changed since Paganism was replaced by Christianity, and the world is somewhat empty of spirituality. I wanted to whisper a little bit of magic in my clothes…




Where do you get inspiration from in general?

Everything. Music is a big big inspiration for me, as well as films and Fina Arts.


How is your process when you design?





What do you find most difficult about the design process?

The making part…


What techniques did you use: 

Hand Printing for my leggings and for the monkey, also on the blue leather top. 



How long did you work on this project?

6 months.



Photoshoot: Scott MacSween.


What designers inspire you?

Bernhard Willhelm, Tsumori Chisato, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix, Dr. Noki.


Why did you choose Central Saint Martins? 

I wanted to try the best one.



Photoshoot: Scott MacSween.


What did you think of the education? 

It was great overall. Some bad things about it but I don’t want to talk about negatives, all I remember now is the positive!


During your education, which project has been your favorite?

My Final Year Collection


How were the school? Facilities? Teachers? 

The facilities are not great everyone knows that but perhaps that’s why it is so good…?

The atmosphere is weird and often suffocating. You just need to find a way to breathe.




What advice would you give new students?

Just work and try not to think about what “style” you want to have. Let your natural way of designing shine through instead of forcing something that isn’t natural to you.


Which fellow students would you like to highlight? 

I have always admired Wendy Williams.


Why do you want to be a designer?

It’s exciting. But I love drawing and Illustration too.




What was your childhood dream job?

That and being an actress and a painter.


Have you ever been nominated or won a design competition? 

I won the Louis Vuitton Bag Design Competition and the Colin Barnes Drawing Prize.




What are your plans for the future?

One thing leads to the other.


Were can we find more information on you? 

Dazed Digital article #1

Dazed Digital article #2

NJAL article

The Wire


Features on magazines to be published soon: PonyTail Magazine, Lurve and Volume.




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One Response to “Blandine Bardeau”
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