19 MAY 2020 for Vogue.co.uk

In Episode 5, we meet the young, dynamic French designer who’s proving to be a fashion visionary

Marine Serre gained critical acclaim with her second-ever collection, ‘Radical Call for Love’, which was created for her own label for Autumn/Winter 2017, and designed in the wake of the Paris and Brussels attacks while she was working at Balenciaga. It featured what would become her signature – a crescent-moon motif. 

This led to her winning the prestigious 2017 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers. Rihanna presented her with the award and Karl Lagerfeld championed her work and became her mentor. 

Marine Serre in Paris with Suzy

This young French woman, raised in the countryside, was trained at a Belgian fashion school and can be seen as a fashion prophet. She seems to have seen the future and expressed it in clothes. 

Only a fashion prophet could have shown a collection that included images of flames before the Australian bush fires, and mask the faces of her models before the world knew of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

It has been a tumultuous ride for the designer’s small team, but with her use of regenerated materials; the up-cycling skills she inherited from her grandfather at his “brocante” (flea market); and the support of Lagerfeld and Adrian Joffe of Dover Street Market, Marine has achieved a cult following.

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