Sophie Theallet grew up in the picturesque mountain town of Bagnéres de Bigorre on France’s southwest coast. As the only girl with five older brothers, she was a tomboy, but she also dreamt of princesses in beautiful gowns. At 8, she started to imagine and sketch collections. When she reached her teens, Sophie’s fashion influences changed from Cinderella to Vivienne Westwood. During a holiday trip to London she discovered the city’s vibrant punk rock scene and fell in love with it. Music and fashion have been intimately connected for her ever since. This is evident in her collaboration with sound designer and composer Henri “Scars” Struck. For each runway presentation, Sophie and Henri create a rich, provocative and poetic soundtrack that tells its own story about the collection.
At the young age of 18, Sophie moved to Paris to attend the famous fashion design school Studio Bercot, where she received a National Young Designer award. After school, Sophie chose to work for the most influential designer of the time: Jean-Paul Gaultier. She credits Mr. Gaultier with teaching her how to work with colors, develop the narrative of a collection, and, most importantly, to trust her own instincts and to be fearless in fashion. A few years later, she moved on to Azzedine Alaïa, where she would come to truly mature as a designer. During her 10 years as Alaïa’s right-hand woman, Sophie immersed herself completely in the world of couture. She worked on the main collection as well as accessories and knitwear, traveled constantly, absorbed fashion history, and perfected her rare fitting and cutting skills.
After moving to New York, Sophie continued to work with Alaïa on a part-time basis, while also freelancing for other fashion labels. In 2005, she launched the small and exclusive resort collection Motu Tane. The collection’s beauty, ease ,and sensuality combined with its rare sense of quality and craft made it one of the most talked about debuts that year. After two successful years with Motu Tane, Sophie felt ready to launch her own label in 2007. Her collection quickly garnered critical acclaim in publications like American Vogue, the New York Times and Time Magazine, and was picked up by prestigious luxury stores. In 2009, she won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award.
And now, let’s take a journey through Sophie’s runway collections:
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