Fashion in Motion: Anne Valérie Hash
Fashion in Motion is a series of live catwalk events presented at the V&A. Featuring some of the greatest designers of our time, Fashion in Motion brings catwalk couture to a wider audience by modelling it against the beautiful backdrop of the Museum.
Anne Valérie Hash is one of the few women who designs for women. Her unique style is based on the deconstruction of menswear into impeccably cut womenswear. Its inspiration can be found in Coco Chanel, who borrowed from men’s wardrobes to dress the modern woman of the 1920s, and Madeleine Vionnet, who draped her designs directly onto a reduced mannequin.
Hash starts by undoing the seams in men’s jackets and trousers and wrapping the pieces around a 12-year-old girl. She then reconstructs the garments in adult sizes. Why a child? Hash explains, 'Because when you take adult-sized garments you can reduce them and play with the proportions easily which you can't on a grown-up.'
Born in Paris in 1971, Anne Valérie Hash graduated from the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture in 1995. After work placements at Nina Ricci, Christian Lacroix, Chanel and Dior, she presented her first collection in 2001. Two years later, she received the prestigious Andam Award for a promising young fashion designer, which had been given to Martin Margiela in 1989 and Viktor & Rolf in 1994.