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Ramiro Gomez – Designer

Ramiro Gómez, a corset maker, lives and works in Madrid. He describes the year he spent in Milan studying as one of the greatest moments of his life. Ramiro doesn’t look typically Spanish, taller than average, blonde with blue eyes. We met on Instagram, I asked him the following questions:

What inspires you and your work?

I usually get inspired by music or feelings, also the past. Right now my main inspiration is the feeling of acceptance and sadness.

How did you start  in fashion?

Since I was young I painted people, I dressed them with clothing and accessories. creating those looks and giving them life. So I guess I started working in fashion pretty young.

What was your first job?

I studied in one of the best fashion schools in Spain and we had to do internships before we could  graduate, I worked for 2 different designers 3 months each but I truly feel my real first job was when I finished my studies and started working in a fur atelier.

How have you developed your career?

I’ve been fighting to be different and create new content that represent my imagination. That’s kind of what my university told us all, but I didn’t understand how difficult it is to create something new and be accepted by society when there are lots of different personal tastes. So I guess I have developed over the years capacity to simplify my artistic tastes and adapt them to today’s society.

How would you describe your creative style?

I love the past, so I aim to adapt the past fashion, feelings, history in our day to day life and accept what is behind us and try to learn and get through it but always respecting it at the same time.

How do you describe your creative process?

I usually start from sadness and deep thoughts seeing forms and creating clothing that represent my feelings. Then I draw and usually use a mannequin to play with different fabrics.

How would you describe your style?

I really like long coats, black boots and fur so I mix the that with images I like reflecting on the romanticism of 19th century. Sometimes that works, sometimes not.

What are the qualities that define an artist?

I think an artist must be original, cultured and dedicated.

Paint a picture of where you live and describe it

3 years ago I lived in a little house with my parents near the city centre then we decided to move to a bigger house away from the centre. It is a great big house with two pools, a spa, and a gym. There is a huge park in front of the house. It’s beautiful and very quiet.

I am really happy with my room as I have enough space to express myself on the walls and the decoration. It is very comfortable. My room is filled with old paintings, postcards, and dry flowers. I have a heavy bed and a baroque golden full body mirror on the left of it. The window is on the right and I love the winter light that enters through the white curtains at 11 am. In front of the window is my favourite mannequin wearing an unfinished corset and a dark desk with my sewing machine.

What is your favourite era of design?

I really like the 40s, so glamorous. My male inspiration comes from the romanticism of 19th century.

Who is the the person who has inspired you and your work?

Lykke Li, her music has been always a support for my art, her weirdness and acceptance of sadness and traumas.

What project of yours has inspired you the most?

I guess it was a lamb fur corset I did designed a year ago. It was a new technique I discovered and loved doing it.

Where do design and work now?

Well, I work in a Spanish brand called DUARTE, it is so different to what I am used to, the fashion, the concept… everything. It is a great challenge for me.

I really like it there cause it has opened my eyes to a part of fashion I didn’t perceive before.

Describe your “typical” daily routine

I get up, have breakfast, get in to the car and drive to get the train. I arrive at the centre in less than 30 minutes. I go to the office and start working. I make the made-to-measure part of DUARTE and I am also part of the design team.

How do you try to stay healthy mentally and physically?

I finish work at 6:30 so I try to disconnect by  having a drink, going to the cinema, theatre, or whatever I feel like. Around 9pm, I usually go home and go to the gym. I am a nocturnal animal.

How do you relax?

Riding my bicycle, the gym, sweating releases endorphins and makes you more happy and positive. In this sense I really feel the ancient Rome common phrase:  “Mens sana in corpore sano”.

What are your favourite films?

Well, it is not easy to say.  I would say my top 3 films are: Planet Terror, Corpse Bride and Vertigo.

Do you have a quote or motto you live by?

Memento mori. Remember you will die. It reminds us we are all flesh, we are all going to end up the same way so we should embrace life and make the best of it, no one is better than the other.

What makes you nervous?

Haha lots of things – Speak in front of a crowd, meet several people at the same time, going to clubs if I am not drunk enough but mostly, being lonely.

Name someone who has really inspired you?

The coolest person was my last boss in the fur atelier. He was a German man so true to himself and the others, so honest, so simple and at the same time the most eccentric person I’ve ever known.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

I don’t really know, but I would love to be working hard as hell in my own Haute Couture atelier in Paris.

Do you dream?

Constantly, but my best dreams are when I’m awake.

If you were a perfume, what would you smell of?

Gardenias and fruits.

What’s on your playlist?

My first 4 are:

  • All I’ve ever known by Bahamas
  • I know Places by Lykke Li
  • So sad so sexy by Lykke Li
  • Di mi nombre by Rosalia

See more on Ramiro’s Instagram @ramirogv_

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