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Meet the designer who pairs hyper-feminine fashion with sneakers.

Before Cecilie Bahnsen founded her eponymous line in 2015, she worked as a print designer for John Galliano. “But I missed the 3-D element,” she explains, speaking from Paris in between a flurry of fashion week appointments. Bahnsen’s own line certainly makes the most of design’s 3-D potential, with voluminous puffballs and exaggerated peplums. Here, the Danish womenswear designer celebrates subverting femininity and finally being able to afford her own clothes.

Your clothes are often described as “girly.” How did you dress growing up? I was definitely more experimental than my little sister. There was this same thing you see in the collection now of combining masculine and feminine; so I’d wear a poufy dress with a pair of wellies.

  • Words:
    Harriet Fitch Little
  • Photography:
    Christian Møller Andersen

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  • Words:
    Harriet Fitch Little
  • Photography:
    Christian Møller Andersen
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