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July 31 2014

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An Enfant Terrible Turns Ten

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Peter Jensen’s London-based label turns 10 this year. With the quirk and the mischief that still characterize each collection, that might comes as a bit of a surprise. In fashion years, after all, 10 sounds positively mature. But Jensen himself is as surprised as anyone else. “I can’t believe it’s been ten years already,” the Danish designer says. “It’s gone by so fast. Mostly, when I look back, it’s a blur—but it’s been fun!” To celebrate, Jensen launched a book earlier this year, Peter Jensen & Mary Miles Minter & Mildred & Emma & Olga & Nancy… (the list of his muses goes on), and today, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum will host a series of retrospective shows, styled by Lucy Ewing, looking back at the last decade.

The shows will be live-streamed on the V&A’s Web site throughout the day, in which the designer will revisit each of the muses that have inspired his collections, from Meryl Streep (from Resort ’12) to Anna Karina (Fall ’11) to the Renaissance princess Christina of Denmark (Fall ’07), of whom the designer admits to being particularly fond. So how has looking back felt? “Mostly I’ve been amazed at how we managed to do so much with so few resources. Some pieces I remembered loving are a bit of a shock when you get them out! Doing the Spring ’05 show, with the ice skaters, was really emotional. I watched the video again recently; it still makes me a bit tearful.”

“This week I got asked to be in the Danish ‘Who’s Who,’ which made me really happy. It’s one of those things that I wanted as a child. I just need an Academy Award now and I can die happy!”

Photo: Courtesy of Peter Jensen

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