Question: Can your designs be someone else’s self-expression?
Thom Browne: I would hope. Because in a way, my collections and what I do, it’s a real representation and a true picture of who I am as a person. My collections are really personal, and I love everything about every collection and what I do. But I do really want people to personalize it and take it on their own. And you know I don’t really wanna see people, you know, almost become like a clone of what . . . you know, how I wear it. I like people to have their own kind of personality and give their own personality to it. And I would hope that they do. I hope it doesn’t take too . . . it doesn’t play too much a part on who you are or your identity. In a way I feel like it should almost be something that you’re really comfortable wearing. It is the best for you, you look the best in it; but when you put it on it almost goes away. Because I don’t think that should be the thing that walks in the room before you. I think you should be the one that really walks into the room, and they happen to see that you look kind of good.
Recorded on: 10/29/07