Agnes b prefers a commitment to the arts to advertising.
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"I don't like fashion," the French designer Agnes b said. For someone who has spent four decades at the top of the fashion tree, it is a curious confession to make.The creator who dressed pop icon David Bowie and cult film director David Lynch is a living contradiction.She hates advertising, yet she married an advertising guru; she loves clothes but never goes to fashion shows.Now Agnes Trouble – her real name, the "b" came from her first husband Christian Bourgois – is the head of a fashion empire with a turnover of 300 million euros ($328 million) and hundreds of shops across the globe including 141 in Japan alone."I always wanted to create well thought out clothes, made for modern life, which you could rely on," she said as she smoked a cigarette in her attic office overlooking the Canal Saint-Martin.With exhibitions and a book about to mark her singular career, she is celebrating her 40 years in the business by indulging her twin passions – clothes and art.
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