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Gabriella Cortese

Frederic Poletti

The Italian designer of Antik Batik, Gabriella Cortese makes us a small place in her dressing room that she organized in his image: adventurer, free and light ...

She grew up in Turin. "As a teenager, I watched Paris with envy." Then, at 18, the student in letters left everything to get closer to the Seine. "It was daring," says Gabriella Cortese. But she does not regret anything. As for fashion, she quickly felt that she had to do her job. "Little girl, my grandmother and my mother had introduced me to embroidery, crocheting, knitting, cross-stitching." Tissue shops were part of his life.
Add to that a gift for drawing. And the young Italian had only to embark on the arena of fashion. A bet dared. But Gabriella Cortese plays on her singularity, her originality and her look on women, whom she sees as independent, traveling, free and light. In short, in his image.

Dressing personal or not too much? "Not too much, I struggled for space and I still live with my husband's clothes (editor Marc Rioufol, who died last July), who was very pretty."

Your storage tips? "Everything is bent, so I always take what's on the top of the pile so it's often the same clothes."

Where are your shoes? "In a closet of the room."

What should be improved? "If I could, I would double the dressing area."

The last garment bought? "I only dress with my clothes, I buy very little, so if a bag is a garment, I would answer: a Hermes bag, offered by my husband."

Little confidence between friends : "For spring 2012, I'm preparing a collection for La Redoute with creations for women, children and home."

Antik Batik. 26, rue Saint-Sulpice, 75006 Paris Tel. : 01 44 07 68 53 and www.antikbatik.fr

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