fashion feelings

‘White Shirts Are Like My Security Blanket’

In Fashion Feelings, we’ll be talking to notable people about how fashion changed their lives. Here, designer Carolina Herrera on how she developed her eye for fashion as a child, and how it helps her in today’s ever-changing style landscape.

When I was growing up I was not aware that there was fashion around. I was very much in love with my dolls, my horses that I used to ride every day, and my tennis. My three sisters and I were reading history, and we grew up with a governess who was very strong, so we were not talking about fashion. But I was very lucky because it was a house where the women were very well-dressed, and they liked beautiful things, so my eye got trained by that. Fashion pleases your eye, and then you see things in different ways. If you like fashion as I did at that age, then you translate things.

You have to change when you’re growing up, and I think it develops your style. In grade school I wore a uniform that had a white shirt with a Peter Pan collar. Maybe that’s why I love white shirts so much, because they are like my security blankets. Later I discovered these fantastic old films, with very glamorous women like Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo. My inspiration was to look like them. I was 14 years old, almost 15, but I looked 10, and I wanted to wear a black dress with a cigarette holder and a hat with a veil. Of course they didn’t allow me to do it.

As an adult, I realized fashion has to be individual. You have to create your own style. I don’t like to see people wearing the same thing, because it’s like wearing uniforms. When the style was short skirts, I used to wear midis, and when there were midis I used to wear short ones. Maybe that’s why I don’t like many trends.

‘White Shirts Are Like My Security Blanket’