The french parisian based designer Christopher Lebo Couture granted UFFP an open-hearted interview. A meeting where he reveals not only his universe of couture but also his vision encompassing fashion and art. His dresses are veritable works of Art, A craftsman right down to the delicate details of magnificence.
Fashion which represents his personality, the soul and love he gives his creations. A research into luxury and excellence is the essence of quality. Adventurer in the world of couture, having collaborated with many of the top couturier designers.
A story by Suna Ahmed
Model Actress Tanya Drouginska
Photographer Greg Soussan
accessories Suna Moya
Location Saint James Paris
Lebo Couture is ready to conquer the fashion industry, having already obtained an international fashion clientele. He designs for women of the world and personalizes his creations, depending their figure for a bespoke garment. UFFP reveals you a man who loves his job and also has an elite vision in his creativity.
UFFP met the fashion designer for you
How do you feel when you paint? Where does the inspiration come from?
My work is about colour and a lot of emphasis is placed on the ‘material stuff’. Inspiration can come from weather colours, landscapes, places I’ve been and where i am (living) I interpret all this’ with shades of colours and materials on my paintings;
How do you choose the fabrics to create your collection?
Before designing I choose the materials/fabrics that inspire me. I do a lot of research on fabrics especially for the couture lines.
They can be ancient fabrics or they can be printed solely for us. When all these elements are gathered together I start to draw ,then it becomes like a puzzle to me
Which type/style of models are you looking for to present your collections?
Very often we have the idea of women reflecting an artist, a princess or a queen. Not necessarily a modern woman, but a woman of ‘other times’/another ‘époque’.
We try to get close to the person that inspired us.
The models should have a style that closely resembles Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn ,women who really left a mark in their time.
What is your fetish style of clothes?
On more than one occasion I have created the three hole dress. It’s a little sleeveless dress designed with different shapes and different materials. I love very much the huge/big evening dresses with lace and ‘muslins’
Materials that have a ‘certain volume’ for me dominate my creations.
How would you describe your perfect day?
A perfect day would be a day during which everything would be ideal. A day where everything would function as planned. Everybody understanding exactly what I want and wish for. Unfortunately that day doesn’t exist (smile).
You must have some likes, and dislikes in the world of high Fashion
I like the artistic side of fashion, collections that reflect a lot of thought and creativity.
On the other side I hate the superficial attitude, ‘people’ as we say in French’…
You must get emotional when a person wears one of your designs ?
I am very flattered. it is a way to set my creation off. A woman who wears a LEBO Couture creation loves the sensation. It’s not a question of pride, it means satisfaction and achievement (for the work done).
How is a Lebo creation individualised ?
The label is recognized through the way the fabrics are used. The lace and the muslin incrustations give the specific identification of our creations.
Leisure time must be rare so how do you spend it?
I adore Opera, but I also like reading and going to the theatre
You must have a preference in what you create?
I like to create dresses
As your collections are featured on many podiums in different countries such as Japan and China how do you compensate for the difference in body shapes Does this cause you problems in the manufacturing process.?
We adapt each collection according to the necessities of each country, this does not create any inconvenience. It is very interesting because we see our clothes worn by people of other nationalities.
Three words to describe your creations
Theatrical, /Precious and Glamour…
We know that you create clothes but also you paint. Any other projects?
For the past two years we have been working on a perfume project that is in its final phase. This product will have its own universe and will be ready next year .
What do you express through your clothes/creations ?
Sweetness in a ruthless world (smile) . But not only do we need to develop the company and sell the dresses (make selling, profit) , the collections need to be ‘appreciated/loved’. It’s a huge responsibility.