At the Met, Christopher John Rogers Discusses Pragmatic Glamor, Celebrity Dressing, and What’s Next

On celebrity dressing:

Rogers has dressed everyone from Michelle Obama and Kamala Harris to Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Lil Nas X, and Anne Hathaway.

“I get more excited seeing real people, people on the street wearing the clothes, but I think what excites me the most about celebrity dressing is seeing the breadth of people that can find themselves within the work and feel at home. At the end of the day, you have to feel comfortable enough to walk out of the house or your hotel in the thing, and feel like yourself. ”

On dressing Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex:

Meghan Markle wore a Christopher John Rogers dress to the NAACP Image Awards earlier this year.

“It simply came to our notice then. It happened over an email. She basically emailed me out of the blue. I was gagging, I was like… is this actually you? But she was given my email by Edward Enninful. She told me that she really wanted to make a statement after having her most recent child and that she wanted to feel sexy and free, so we cut something on the bias out of silk for her, and we did virtual fittings over FaceTime with her tailor . For the second fitting, we saw her with the dress and she was like, ‘Oh, my husband is holding the phone,’ so he flipped the phone and was like ‘Hi!’ so… I met him [laughs]which I loved! ”

On the future of his brand:

“A big dream of mine is to create a palace where people can come and work and feel free. Where they can come up with ideas and have them be listened to and have them be expanded upon. Because I think in fashion so often, especially in design, it’s so hard to find a place where you feel like your opinion is being listened to. It’s very much ‘do this, do this, do this, and I actually do not care what you think.’ I want to be that for someone, that’s a big dream of mine. ”

On manifestation and practicing interviews:

Cho mentioned that Christopher had told her that he used to interview himself in the shower.

“I’m a big believer in manifestation, and I always want to be prepared. I think one of my favorite pastimes still to this day is watching archival designer interviews. I love going on YouTube and finding an ’80s interview with Ungaro or Karl Lagerfeld, and seeing the ways they use words to explain the unexplainable. Even designers like Rei Kawakubo who rarely give interviews. Someone who is so cerebral, how do you explain the things that are in your brain? I wanted to be able to have that ability.

Allowing yourself to navigate language without necessarily having to land on anything. Allowing gray areas to be enough, being comfortable in liminal spaces. That’s the biggest takeaway that I’ve gotten from watching those interviews and that’s what I like to put into the work that I do. “

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