Working during lockdown was easier than what the designer initially thought. But what brought Pablo Rousson down was knowing he was losing moments he could have spent with his fellow BA students. “We missed out on probably some of the best memories we could have made and cherished for life.” Even if he feels nostalgic thinking about the thrill of working at CSM’s studios, the designer has a positive outlook on those months of self-isolation. “That time has made me explore every aspect of my collection and opened my eyes to different possibilities,” he remembered.
“These years helped me figure out who I am, what I like and what I don’t. I developed my taste level and knowledge not just on clothes but also on people, on ways of working, and on much more.”
Pablo’s experience as a student not only taught him how to make garments, but most importantly allowed him to discover new sides of himself. “These years helped me figure out who I am, what I like and what I don’t. I developed my taste level and knowledge not just on clothes but also on people, on ways of working, and on much more.”
The creation of his final collection was the conclusion of a process that shaped his persona. Just like ‘Heidi meets Men’, in his years at Central Saint Martins Pablo Rousson met himself. Things might look slightly uncertain at the moment, and the designer admits to still being in the process of figuring out what success means to him, but he feels prepared to enter the industry. He might not know where his place in fashion is yet, but he is more than ready to find it.
At the moment, Pablo’s main plan for the future might be surviving this pandemic, but as he said, “your life experiences are worth a lot more than you think, and you definitely learn the most important things outside of uni.”