Casually bringing back the shell suit, with chic finesse, CSM graduate Myrza De Muynck designs pretty, cool clothes for women who put comfort before couture.
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Working predominately with plain materials, then embroidering, knitting and printing textiles with her signature patterns, Dutch designer Myrza creates clothes for a woman she imagines and then becomes inspired by. Describing the quintessential Myrza de Muynck woman as “mysterious by nature, with an authentic sense of style”, this young designer cites the masters of classic couture Coco Chanel and Miuccia Prada as major influences on her trademark aesthetic. Already popular with the fash pack, Myrza’s threads have graced the cover of Elle, modelled by the gorgeous Emma Watson.
i-D online caught up with the smart/casual sportswoman to find out why she’s more sartorial than Jimmy Saville and just where we can catch her next.
Where do you source your materials and what are the specific processes you work to? I make swatches and sketches and build a little story of a woman by watching lots of films and researching old magazines. I like to work with texts and films to come with up a storyline.
Who or what inspires you to create? The satisfaction of giving shape to an idea.
What was the first outfit you ever designed and how has your aesthetic progressed since? A knitted jumpsuit. I am less arty than I have been in the past and make more wearable fashion.
What is your earliest fashion memory? Playing dress up as a child.
What is your proudest achievement to date? Emma Watson wearing my garments for the cover story in ELLE magazine.
What kind of a woman are you? Complicated. Always changing.
What was the last book you read? Zen flesh Zen Bones.
What is your favorite film? Whatever happened to Baby Jane. I am kind of film crazy so it is hard to pick one, but in relation to fashion I love the aesthetics of Gena Rowlands like in Gloria or Minnie and Moskowitz.
What is the most treasured item in your wardrobe? A poplin shirt.
What does beauty mean to you? Being comfortable in your skin.
Who would be the ultimate woman to wear your designs? Diana Vreeland.
What comes next? FASHION WEEK!
Text: Milly McMahon