The Voice of Experience: José Castro

Posted by: Verónica Maya

Born in 1971 and of Galician origins José Castro is one of the most well-known Spanish designers in the world. Member of the Federation for French Couture together with fellow Spaniards  Balenciaga y and Paco Rabanne. His key inspiration has always come from cinema, from a very young age José was inspired by the costume and scenography of his favourite genre; horror. He started his studies in Barcelona and then went on to study at the prestigious London Royal College of Art.

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All of these resulted in the following honours for José Castro

He was the first Spaniard to exhibit at the La Redoute and to be on the cover of Le Monde, to collaborate with the likes of Antonio Miró, Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander MacQueen, Marina Rinaldi and María Moreira. He also became director of Miró Jeans and was one of the original creators of the Desigual concept and has also worked with the Indetex group designing a new shopping bag for Bershka.

José Castro has created various collections including Dead Bird, Noitulove, Blue Sky, Redrum and currently Aurora. He has also created collections for the catwalks of Carrousel du Louvre de París and Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy. His designs are known for their dimensions, texture and in particular the colour which he christened “Rosa Castro”. His designs have been modeled by celebrities including Whoopi Goldberg, Beth Ditto, Paz Vega and Sarah Jessica Parker who wore an amazing jeans in the Sex and the City movie.

As well as his brand label José Castro, the José Castro Study is always dedicated to carrying out freelance work on both a national and international level.

José Castro is clearly nothing less than an example to emulate in the fashion industry. AGORIQUE has been given the opportunity to ask his opinion about his beloved fashion universe in which he was once an emerging designer. 

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AWhat meaning does fashion have for you today?

J: Bearing in mind the current situation that we are living, fashion for me is love and passion as well as a form of sustenance for me and my eccentric habits. Having worked for different companies and projects has enabled me to follow an enriching path, developing an independent future and more importantly a new type of know-how for my own label.

A: In the world of fashion, everything comes back in, how does this affect yourself and others in the creative sector?

J: As a freelance designer I use trends to carry out my work in other companies. Nevertheless when I am creating for my own collection I put these trends to one side and I focus on my passion to fuse past and future, by incorporating vintage. We are living in an interesting time for creativityand now more than ever you have to be unique to differentiate yourself in this sector, looking inside yourself and being true to yourself.

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A: We know that you have collaborated with the mass market sector. Do you think fashion loses its relationship with art in this sector?

J: Mainstream fashion can also involve art. As can be seen by the Margiela for H&M collection, fashion can clearly be transferred to the mass consumer without losing its purity and the essence of art and creativity.

AWho do you most admire? 

J: Above all Alexander McQueen, Thierry Mugler and Alber Elvaz. Among Spanish deigners I most admire Amaya Arzuaga, Roberto Diz, Manuel Bolaño and Miriam Ponsa.

A: What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome in order to get to where you are now?

J: In the beginning the fact that I had to fund my studies without any financial help and without perfect English was difficult, but I always kept in mind the fact that where there is a will there is a way I overcame these obstacles.

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A: Which emerging designer should we look out for?

J: Leandro Cano

A: What is your advice to designers starting out in these current hard economic times?

J: I would say gaining as much experience as possible through internships and work experience to learn as much as possible. Being as active as possible will give you experience whatever the outcome may be.  Remain conscious that  you must also focus your efforts on the commercial part.

A: Why should we opt for Spanish fashion?

J: I believe that Spain can be a powerful candidate for new alternatives and artistic proposals to emerge, which will generate new opportunities so why not opt for Spain?

A: What can you tell us about your new collection?

J: At the moment I am really going back to my roots, working a freelance made me want to go back to take advantage of this moment and the creative process of my collections without giving myself a deadline, just as I did with my ¨Raven¨ collection.

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A: What is your motto?

J: Whatever happens stay true and loyal to yourself.

Thanks you José Castro for your tips!

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