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Roland Mouret

FEB 09 2018

By Hannah Forrest

A selection of elegant and timeless designer dresses by Roland Mouret in our February Vintage Costume and Textile Sale has prompted us to take a closer look at the man behind the label.

The French-born designer began his life in 1961 in Lourdes in the foothills of the Pyrenees. It was within the unlikely setting of his father’s butcher’s shop that Mouret first found an interest in dress making – learning to fold the traditional butcher’s apron and cut and section animal skin. Indeed, Colin McDowell (an established British fashion writer) once wrote of Mouret’s work “The art of butchery and dress making are comparable as both share a precision of cutting, folding and hand workmanship - and require courage and judgment.”

After school, Mouret enrolled in a Parisian fashion college but dropped out to take a job in modelling after his first year. Later working as an artistic director, and stylist, Mouret was a firm fixture in the fashion scenes of London and Paris before he turned his hand to designing. In 1998 Mouret presented his first collection under his own name at London Fashion Week.

Roland Mouret is revered for redefining the iconic dress – creating highly coveted signature designs known by name – Galaxy, Titanium and Moon. These career defining dresses demonstrate his talent for structure, clean lines and perhaps most importantly, celebrating and flattering the female form. Mouret’s dresses exhibit a combination of hour-glass accentuating lines and beautifully cut necklines creating a distinctively sophisticated and confident style popular with many A-listers such as Scarlett Johansson, Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Victorian Beckham, Dita Von Teese.

After over 20 years in the fashion industry, Mouret continues to produce stunning collections, often incorporating his hallmarks of overlapping, body-defining fabrics, exposed seams and waist accentuating peplums.

Roland Mouret at Auction
Being a relatively new designer on the scene, dresses by Roland Mouret are only just starting to be seen on the second-hand market at auction. However, given the classic nature of his designs, like the Chanel two-piece suite, Mouret signature dresses are likely to become a perennial favourite amongst vintage fashion fans. At present, Mouret outfits can be picked up at auction for around £100-150.

Lot 2227 (part lot)
Roland Mouret Dark Olive Green Cotton Pencil Dress
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Sixteen outfits by Mouret are to come under the hammer on 10th February 2018 from the Marilyn Stowe Collection of Designer Clothes in our Costume and Textile Sale.

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