THE GLAMOROUS FASHION RE-DEBUT OF STEPHEN MOSER
Stephen Moser is about to make his fashion re-debut, and it’s going to be characteristically glamorous.
After the Austin style icon was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer over 6 years ago, he fell into a self-described period of “darkness.” His long-felt absence comes to a triumphant end this weekend with Eleven Eleven: An Evening of Extraordinary Style. Stephen will play both host and presenter at this over-the-top event to benefit Hospice Austin. In a night of ultra-high fashion, Stephen will debut his Fall/Winter 2012-2013 Collection.
We were able to catch up with the one and only Stephen Moser, and he even shared with us some preview shots of his new collection. Q&A, pictures, and event information all follow.
Q&A with Stephen Moser
You’ve described your 8-year absence after your diagnosis as a period of “darkness.” How do you think that a devastating personal experience – an illness, or a death of a loved one, or a national tragedy — affects one’s aesthetic?
Illness, tragedy and depression override creativity in most cases. I spent many years waiting for death to happen, and as I did that, I continued to sink more and more into darkness. But coming back out of an experience like that has given me a passion and drive to create the very best clothes I can… because they might be the last ones I ever do.
What role do you think fashion has played a role in your emergence from this dark period?
I’ve been a designer for 40 years. Having a strong love/hate relationship with fashion, it is never far from my mind. When I began to believe my friends who convinced me that I was NOT dying of cancer, but LIVING with it instead was the key to getting some energy and motivation back. With energy and motivation, the urge to create was right there all the time. So now I’m sewing my brains out and making some of the MOST creative, glamorous and high-end clothes that I ever dreamed of.
We can’t wait to see the premiere of your Fall/Winter 2012-2013 Collection. What can you tell us about it?
It started out as a small collection of men’s shirts that Benson Roberts asked me to design for February’s Fashion Week in NYC. But as the luxurious fabrics started arriving, I was just as anxious to do womenswear too. Naturally I set the bar for myself VERY high and have had to cut back on the number of looks I’d planned. Instead of showing 90 separate looks (of 2-4 garments each) back to 45 looks which is a more reasonable plan since I do not have enough hours in the day to do what I’d originally imagined.
Eleven Eleven: An Evening of Extraordinary Style
November 11, 2012 | 7PM – 9PM
The Driskill Hotel | 604 Brazos St.
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