We could write an entire book on our talented 72 years old founder but in this article we will focus on her design process! We will say no more and let Monique share in her own words!
Once I fall in love with a fabric my imagination starts to whirl and design ideas start to flow: textiles speak to me and very quickly become garments in my mind! I could almost draw them straight from the fabric. They guide my inspiration and make me travel through time and space!
I then decide on the shape and cut and quickly move on to the smocks and embroideries, another very important element of the design process. Looking back, I think what first attracted me to this delicate and sophisticated know-how was the colour diversity. Oscar Wilde once said that “mere color can speak to the soul in a thousand way” and I totally agree. I am very demanding on the matter and can start a smocking pattern several times before finding the correct color harmony. It is very subtle and getting the right shade thread can be quite challenging. But what a joy once I feel fully satisfied, it is the same feeling as a painter in front of his finished work.
Indeed I consider smocks and embroideries a bit like a painting, only with a needle! Actually the term needle painting exists to define the handmade technique of blending long and short stitches to create realistic pictures. Not only are there unlimited colour possibilities but also an incredible number of stitches, creating different volume effects. It is never a flat surface!
Creating limited editions is a way to challenge my creativity. I put my love and passion into each and every design. It is like giving birth to a new child each time! And what a joy to then see our Charlotte sy Dimby dresses worn by happy little girls and cherished by families!