Wednesday 26th October

| BY 10Magazine

KATHARINE HAMNETT: PORTRAIT OF THE DESIGNER

FROM THE VAULT (SUMMER 2011)

NAME: Prof Katharine Hamnett CBE.

OCCUPATION: fashion designer/party animal.

WHAT’S NEW?

“Katharine Hamnett collection launch April 2011. Selfridges Project Ocean May 2011.”

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?

“Borrowed £500 from a friend.”

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO GET TO THE TOP OF THE TREE?

“Hard work and persistence.”

DO YOU EVER WEAR YOUR OWN DESIGNS?

“Yes.”

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

“Everything.”

HOW IMPORTANT ARE HEMLINES?

“Crucial.”

CAN YOU MULTITASK?

“Too much.”

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE ON YOUR EPITAPH?

“‘She tried to do good.’”

ARE YOU ONLY AS GOOD AS YOUR LAST COLLECTION?

“Sometimes…”

ARE YOU/WERE YOU A JUVENILE DELINQUENT?

“No, I was a swot.”

DO YOU GET JEALOUS OF OTHER DESIGNERS?

“Try not to.”

DO YOU GET RECOGNISED ON THE STREET? DO YOU HAVE/HAVE YOU EVER HAD A STALKER?

“No stalkers. Try to avoid getting recognised.”

HAVE YOU EVER THROWN A DIVA STROP?

“About a thousand.”

WAS THERE A PARTICULAR POINT WHEN YOU STARTED TO GET AMBITIOUS?

“I was never ambitious.”

ARE YOU A LEGEND? LEGENDARY?

“Of course, both.”

DO YOU HAVE A MENTOR? A MUSE? WHO/WHAT ARE THEY?

“Bernard Nevill, my tutor at Central St Martins. My friends and people I love.”

WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR DINNER LAST NIGHT?

“Lots.”

IF YOU COULD BE A SUPERHERO, WHICH ONE WOULD YOU BE AND WHY?

“God.”

WHAT IS GOOD DESIGN?

“Function defines form, but what is function? To be comfortable? To inspire? To seduce? Or…?”

HAVE YOU EVER BANNED ANYONE FROM YOUR SHOW BECAUSE OF A BAD REVIEW? WOULD YOU?

“No, but I have banned a huge buyer for copying my designs.”

www.katharinehamnett.com

by Natalie Dembinska

Photograph by Glen Erler