A Conversation With Glenn Martens

January 26, 2022
Courtesy: Gaultier Couture

Glenn Martens needs no introduction as the designer behind Y/Project, for which he won the ANDAM prize in 2017.  Then, in 2020, the Belgian designer became creative director for Diesel, which in tandem with his brand, suggested a schedule more outsized than Y/Project’s signature bunched-up jeans. Yet somehow, he carved out time to take on the designer-in-residence role at Jean Paul Gaultier Couture. Martens happens to be familiar with the JPG codes; after graduating from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, he worked at the Maison as a junior designer. Succeeding Sacai’s Chitose Abe who kickstarted this series of Haute Couture collaborations last July, he will reveal his one-off collection for Gaultier today.  

What would you like us to know about this collection?
It’s going to be a celebration of 2 creative worlds. 

Are you a dreamer?
When I do couture, I do dream a lot; other exercises (brands) are more rational as needed. 

Did you dream of becoming a designer?
No, when I was a child, I dreamt about becoming an archeologist.

Have you ever translated a dream into an actual design?
In this collection, half of it.

When was the last time a dream came true for you?
I’m always trying to make my dreams happen. The last time? I don’t know.

What is one dream you would like to achieve this coming year?
Hoping. Bringing awareness.

This interview has been lightly edited for clarity.

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