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Finding Beauty
Discover what inspires creative director Araks Yeramyan.

Can you tell me what being inspired feel like to you?
AY: It feels like I'm coming to life. It feels like energy, happiness, and excitement. Color makes me feel totally inspired, and it also makes me extremely happy. A pile of assorted color can completely change my mood. I wonder if this happens to other people?

How long do you spend researching a collection?
AY: Technically speaking, we have about a month to research for each collection. But, it's a constant and continual process.

And so, how do you begin?
AY: There's really no beginning. I'm always gathering things and putting them into piles for later sorting. Being inspired is such an integral part of my work. It's kind of the same thing as needing to eat food every day. Beyond going to museums or researching vintage, I try to find and see the beautiful things in my every day life. I can be inspired by someone I see on the street, or how some shadows are, or a cool building on the side of the highway.

White sculptured ceiling.
This is a photo i took in my hotel room in Paris.

Shot of women's feet in purple candles walking on a multicolor marble brick floor.
A cool floor that I was walking on.

Have the subjects that inspire you changed a lot through the years?
AY: No, not really. They vary from season to season, but always fall into the same camps. I don’t flip flop around, it’s more of an evolution. I’ll go back to inspiration from a prior season, and look at it differently. I don’t really re-invent. It’s more about refining for me. I am always searching for new stuff, but I am drawn to the same kinds of things.

What are some of the subjects or themes that you keep coming back to?
AY: The Twenties, 1997, and the Victorian period.

Woman in a white tank and white underwear walking on a runway.
Miu Miu 1997

I also love imagery of cultures that mixed Victorian dress with their own fashion and style. The Herero Tribe of Namibia, Southern Africa is a beautiful example. They adopted the German missionaries' Victorian style floor length gowns and mixed the silhouette with their sense of vivid color and cow horn shaped headdresses.

Tribal woman with a yellow hat and a multicolor square patterned dress.
 Photo by Jim Naughten

What artists inspire you most?
AY: Rachel Feinstein, Rudolph Stingel, Kara Walker, Rachel Whiteread, John Currin, and Joe-Graham Felsen.

White sculpture with gold pieces and pink, orange, yellow, green steps.
The Shack ~ Rachel Feinstein, 2001

What photographers are you most drawn to?
AY: Roni Horn, Sara Moon, Irving Penn, and Philip-Lorca DiCorcia.

Black and white photograph of women in black bras and large polka dotted skirts.
Photo by Sarah Moon 

Have you seen anything recently that has stuck with you?
AY: Agnes Martin at the Guggenheim

Three white paintings displayed on a blank wall.
Agnes Martin


How about places?

AY:  Zion National Park, I went there a couple of years ago with my kids


Zion National Park


Zion National Park with people.


Creative director, Araks Yeramyan, talks all things color.
Creative director, Araks Yeramyan, talks all things color.


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