LONDON — Bruce Oldfield has been creating dresses for royals, actresses and the international rich for nearly four decades, but nothing makes him wince like the words “couturier” or “fashion designer.”
“I hate that word ‘couturier.’ I would rather be known as a dressmaker, or a dress designer. I don’t want to be a fashion designer because I don’t do fashion. We leave that to other people,” said Oldfield, 63, from his small atelier on Beauchamp Place, where he’s had a shop since 1984.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"