At the age of 20 Rolland joined Balenciaga and within a year was promoted to the position of Creative Director of menswear and international licenses. At 24, he left Balenciaga to start his own prêt-à-porter company. It’s hard to imagine how one can craft such delicate yet deliberate shapes out of such weightless, diaphanous fabric, but Stephane Rolland can do it.

It must be said that it is challenging to balance uncompromising artistic integrity with commercial requirements, but I've also come to learn that couture clients are adventurous and particularly unpredictable in their taste.