Jennifer Chambaret: Eleganza artigianale e savoir-faire

Jen­ni­fer Cham­ba­ret, nel mon­do del­la moda, è sem­pre sta­ta appas­sio­na­ta di desi­gn e del­l’ar­te del­la crea­zio­ne. Dai pri­mi anni di scuo­la di arti appli­ca­te agli stu­di avan­za­ti in costu­me e fashion desi­gn, il per­cor­so di Jen­ni­fer è sta­to segna­to da un’in­ces­san­te ricer­ca del­l’ec­cel­len­za e del­l’in­no­va­zio­ne. Ispi­ra­ta da sti­li­sti ico­ni­ci come Ale­xan­der McQueen e Iris van Her­pen, si è rita­glia­ta una nic­chia di mer­ca­to con la sua misce­la uni­ca di ele­gan­za, com­fort e soste­ni­bi­li­tà. Oggi, il mar­chio di Jen­ni­fer Cham­ba­ret è testi­mo­ne del­la sua dedi­zio­ne alla crea­zio­ne di pez­zi scul­to­rei e sen­za tem­po che risuo­na­no con la sen­si­bi­li­tà moder­na.
Jen­ni­fer ci rac­con­ta il suo per­cor­so, il suo mar­chio e il suo modo di crea­re.

Può descrivere il suo background professionale e spiegare cosa l’ha spinta a creare il suo proprio marchio?

JC: I have always enjoyed dra­wing, ima­gi­ning objec­ts, and obser­ving. So I pur­sued a high school diplo­ma in Applied Arts. I encoun­te­red the pro­fes­sion by joi­ning a Diplo­ma of Art Tra­des pro­gram – spe­cia­li­zing in costu­me desi­gn, after high school. I was dra­wn to the idea of crea­ting objec­ts and wor­king with moving bodies, and costu­me desi­gn see­med like a good path.
At that time, clo­thing beca­me a real encoun­ter for me. I beca­me aware that clo­thing, as an object around the body, is a very com­plex, beau­ti­ful object, and that it can beco­me a work of art in itself. This led me to fashion. I disco­ve­red the work of Ale­xan­der McQueen, Iris van Her­pen… And a lit­tle later, Made­lei­ne Vion­net, Azze­di­ne Alaïa, Yoh­ji Yama­mo­to.

Jennifer Chambaret
Jen­ni­fer Cham­ba­ret

I con­ti­nued my trai­ning by joi­ning the Ensad, in the Fashion Desi­gn sec­tor. Pro­ject after pro­ject, my work beca­me more refi­ned. I would even say that fit­ting after fit­ting, I enjoyed seeing peo­ple feel good wea­ring my pie­ces. This gra­dual­ly gui­ded me towards the desi­re I have today to accom­pa­ny peo­ple by dres­sing them in their dai­ly lives. From sculp­tu­ral pie­ces, I gra­dual­ly moved towards zero waste desi­gns, then sin­gle-pie­ce cuts, adju­sta­ble sizes, uni­sex… I have expe­ri­men­ted a lot and con­ti­nue to do so. The search for volu­me is inex­hau­sti­ble! And that’s what I like most in life. My pro­fes­sio­nal expe­rien­ces in Iris van Herpen’s stu­dio and Yiqing Yin’s stu­dio were inspi­ring and for­ma­ti­ve. They gave me the desi­re to under­ta­ke and crea­te my own brand.

Come si potrebbe definire il tuo stile creativo?

JC: The DNA of Cham­ba­ret is abo­ve all the asso­cia­tion of ele­gan­ce and com­fort.
An ample and fluid silhouet­te, time­less pie­ces, discreet sen­sua­li­ty. Natu­ral mate­rials of very high qua­li­ty.
And if only one thing were to be remem­be­red: great com­ple­xi­ty in cut and detail. That’s my dri­ving for­ce in crea­tion.

Jennifer Chambaret
Cham­ba­ret — Foto­gra­fia: Jose­ph Rott­ner — Model­la: Eli­se Spei­cher
Jennifer Chambaret
Cham­ba­ret — Foto­gra­fia: Jose­ph Rott­ner — Model­la: Tibalt Dau­tel

Potrebbe parlarci del processo di produzione dei vostri pezzi?

JC: Eve­ry­thing is done in my work­shop in Mon­treuil. From desi­gn to pro­duc­tion. I have a fair­ly com­pre­hen­si­ve pro­fi­le: I am a trai­ned desi­gner and have been tea­ching pat­tern making in a fashion school for six years now. This dual role allo­ws me to mana­ge all sta­ges of col­lec­tion deve­lo­p­ment, from the idea to pro­to­ty­ping and pro­duc­tion. By mee­ting other pro­ject lea­ders, I rea­li­zed how luc­ky I am to have this job in my hands. So, I’m ban­king on that.
Fur­ther­mo­re, I am very inspi­red by the act of making. Being in con­tact with craf­tsman­ship con­stan­tly allo­ws me to impro­ve my desi­gns, to push the boun­da­ries even fur­ther in deve­lo­p­ment.

Jennifer Chambaret
Cham­ba­ret — Foto­gra­fia: Jose­ph Rott­ner — Model­la: Eli­se Spei­cher
Jennifer Chambaret
Cham­ba­ret — Foto­gra­fia: Jose­ph Rott­ner — Model­la: Eli­se Spei­cher

Quali sono gli impegni e i valori che guidano il suo marchio?

JC: I main­ly sour­ce dead­stock (end-of-roll fabrics from over­pro­duc­tion). This allo­ws me to work with excep­tio­nal­ly high-qua­li­ty mate­rials whi­le remai­ning acces­si­ble. I spend a lot of time loo­king at fabrics and fin­ding gems. This is a very sti­mu­la­ting pha­se of inspi­ra­tion for me. Just as a cera­mi­st works with dif­fe­rent clays, I am very in touch with my wor­king mate­rials: fabrics. They are what sti­mu­la­te my volu­mes.
I pla­ce par­ti­cu­lar impor­tan­ce on tran­smis­sion. Also, I am a tea­cher in a fashion school and regu­lar­ly wel­co­me interns to my work­shop. I enjoy sha­ring with them what I disco­ver about the entre­pre­neu­rial adven­tu­re, and our discus­sions are always sti­mu­la­ting for me. It’s a chan­ce to be able to share your pas­sion like this.

Jennifer Chambaret
Cham­ba­ret — Foto­gra­fia: Jose­ph Rott­ner — Model­le: Eli­se Spei­cher e Tibalt Dau­tel

In Conclusione

Il per­cor­so di Jen­ni­fer Cham­ba­ret nel mon­do del­la moda è una straor­di­na­ria misce­la di pas­sio­ne, crea­ti­vi­tà e impe­gno per la soste­ni­bi­li­tà. I suoi model­li, carat­te­riz­za­ti da silhouet­te flui­de e da una meti­co­lo­sa lavo­ra­zio­ne arti­gia­na­le, riflet­to­no una pro­fon­da com­pren­sio­ne del­la for­ma e del­la fun­zio­ne. Approv­vi­gio­nan­do­si di tes­su­ti di alta qua­li­tà non più dispo­ni­bi­li e man­te­nen­do un approc­cio pra­ti­co nel suo ate­lier di Mon­treuil, Jen­ni­fer non solo crea abi­ti bel­lis­si­mi, ma si fa anche pala­di­na di pra­ti­che eco-com­pa­ti­bi­li. Il suo lavo­ro con­ti­nua a ispi­ra­re e inno­va­re, ren­den­do­la una for­za signi­fi­ca­ti­va nel pano­ra­ma del­la moda con­tem­po­ra­nea.
Sco­pri­te altri mar­chi e sti­li­sti nel­la nostra rubri­ca dedi­ca­ta.

Scrit­to da Mathis Rey­naud
13 giu­gno 2024

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