The Designer Who Wants You to Wear a Giant Dress

Photo: Courtesy of Cecilie Bahnsen

For someone who exclusively creates puffy cupcake dresses, Danish designer Cecilie Bahnsen is a lot less fussy than you’d expect. She wears her dresses with flat shoes, Oxfords, and Suicoke sandals — never heels — making them look less like something Marie Antoinette would wear and more like a vintage school uniform.

The fashion world has been watching Bahnson closely. She was a finalist for the LVMH prize, which buzzy designers like Marine Serre and Simon Porte Jacquemus have won, and her brand is sold at retailers like Dover Street Market, SSENSE, and Net-a-Porter. We spoke with her about heels, Diptyque, and cotton T-shirts.

How do you thank someone for a gift? Hugs and kisses.

What would you never wear? Heels.

What’s your dream vacation? Right now it is super-cold in Denmark so I can’t stop dreaming of a sunny beach and beautiful blue water. My favorite holiday island is Sicily in Italy.

What’s a good book on your coffee table right now? Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between by Andrew Bolton.

Secret to hosting a good party? A good playlist.

What is a trend that you like right now? Flat shoes and a puffy dress.

One you don’t understand? When people don’t care.

Favorite restaurant in New York? Café China.

Shoes you wear most often? Salomon trainers.

What’s your favorite… 
Pajamas? I love a vintage cotton shirt or blouse as my go-to pajamas.

Candle? Diptyque Baise.

Scent? Diptyque Geranium Odorata.

Socks? Corgi black cashmere socks.

T-shirt? We just made a white cotton jersey T-shirt for Pre-Spring 2020 with large cotton poplin sleeves that I just love to wear every day.

What is a photo that defines your style? I always wear my own dresses for all days and occasions.

Photo: Sara Gangsted/Courtesy of Cecilie Bahnsen

What’s your favorite place in your studio/office/home? My favorite place in the studio is the showroom where my team and I work on all details of the collection.

Photo: Sara Gangsted/Courtesy of Cecilie Bahnsen

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The Designer Who Wants You to Wear a Giant Dress