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Meet Cecile Thieulin and Simone Simon

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cecile Thieulin, Simone Simon.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours? 
Cecile was born in France, grew-up in Paris, studied in Barcelona and worked in New-Delhi, London and New-York before she settled in between Paris and Boston where she works today.
She always had a fasination for geoemetry, light and shadows, shape and spaces, cities and history.
She thus studied architecture in Paris and in Spain, and graduated in Paris. She started her own business and decided to share her passion for creativity, materiality, and construction: she started teaching in Paris at l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts, and then in Boston’s Architectural College.
Cecile was looking for specific clothes she couldn’t find, so she decided to learn sewing and created her first pieces. When she moved to Boston she was inspired by the incredible energy of the city, and decided to create something different and conscious of sustainability: a creative new space for fashion. She created her avatar Simone Simon, after seeing a movie with the actrice Simone Simon wearing a spectacular striped shirt. She was so inspired, she decided to play with stripes and lines (geometry) on the woman’s body to enhance body curves (anatomy).

Please tell us about your art. 
With Simone Simon she explores the interface between the human body and the outside world, redrawing the lines between fashion and architecture to create constructed garments, using a range of new fabrication methods and performative materials.
Simone Simon wants fashion to adapt to women and not women to adapt to fashion.

Simone Simon’s Studios are in Boston and Paris, and the clothing is produced in MA. Simone Simon produces out of Lowell’s historical environment, and benefits from Boston/Cambridge & MIT’s innovative edge.

With her architectural firm Cecile designs spaces for everyday, for work, or to live, shaped on the personality of her clients.
She loves to solve games pertaining to space constraints, budget, materiality, eco sustainability, light and warmth.

What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive? 
Boston was very welcoming to me as an artist when I moved in.
I immediately felt a community spirit, and support, that helped me build and move forward on my creations. Historically, Boston is not necessarily known as an art and cultural creativity hub, as its economic foundations are strongly linked to technologial and biological innovation, business and finance. I believe that Bostonians now see that there is an opportunity to grow this space and complete the strengths of our city by also making it an art, culture and fashion hub. Hence this strong community feeling I felt from the get go and the support we get from both private and public institutions.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work? 
You can visit some of the homes she designed in Boston or even better, visit a restaurant she designed in the Southend (not far from her Studio and living space). Here : https://www.descombes-thieulin.com/Frenchie-restaurant-Boston 

You can see her clothing line Simone Simon, at few events in New England this Fall :
1- Her own runway Show for StyleWeek Northeasten Friday September 21st at 8.30pm in Providence (tickets on sale September 1st)
http://www.styleweeknortheast.com/styleweek-bridal/designers-september-2018/

2- Her exhibition as one of 6 female designers for this year Boston Fashion Week 18′, ‘The Power of Women’ : Opening Night Sunday September 30th at 6pm in Boston : http://www.bostonfashionweek.com/

The 24th Boston Fashion Week is ‘the Power of Women’ in Fashion and feature a group of 6 profesionnal Designers who represent the Future of Boston fashion both creatively and in business.
Stylist Terri Mann, Photographer Tracy Aiguier , and video Nicole O’connor and Eric Leone will be working together to create a collection of in-depht designer profiles and editorial imagery wich will be featured that evening in addition to a series of fashion representations.

3-You can find Cecile’s architectural work, which strongly inspired her fashion line, on her website: https://www.descombes-thieulin.com/

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Image Credit:
1 Pierre Monetta

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