Supermodel Helena Christensen talks to Kat Slowe about designing her first lingerie collection for Triumph International.
Why did you choose to create your own lingerie collection for Triumph?
My long standing relationship with Triumph Essence made me really want to bring my own ideas forward, so it was really exciting being offered the chance to design my own line.
It was also a great opportunity to educate myself with the Triumph team on how to construct lingerie.
What was it like working with the Triunph team?
They were 100 percent behind me all the way, so it meant a lot to me to have free reign, but ultimately it feels great to see my ideas and designs being realised.
What was the inspiration for the range?
I think it came a lot from my childhood. I used to spend a lot of time with my grandparents by the seaside. The sky always seemed blue back then.
What were you aiming to achieve with the designs and do you feel that you have achieved this?
I have a wide range of ideas from years of collecting vintage pieces on my travels, tearing pages from magazines, movies, etc.
The detail, faded colours and craftsmanship of all things vintage really inspires me, which I hope has been translated into beautiful, timeless lingerie designs with exquisite fabrics and patterns.
What were the greatest challenges that this project presented and how did you overcome them?
The greatest challenge is bringing a special thought or design to a really great lingerie piece.
Having modelled now for so many years you know what will work and what won’t, but that paired with the challenges associated with constructing a really great bra that’s bonded or moulded – with a beautiful pattern or fabric working in the right way – was a challenge, but an exciting one. Working closely with the experts made them easy to overcome.
What else do you have to consider in the design process?
You have to think of shape, you have to think of comfort, you have to think of what shapes work for what sizes… I really admire the female shape and think lingerie should be for everybody.
How do you determine what will work and what won’t?
I like to talk to close girlfriends with different body shapes and get their feedback. And, they are really honest!
Would you consider doing a similar collection again?
Of course, I hope this collection will be well received and I’m already working on the Autumn/Winter 2012 collection. It’s really different to this collection and I’m really excited to see it come to life.