“Fashion is about the present and the immediate future. I think in terms of now.”
“Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.”
“I hate pretty. It’s a very empty word. It gives a bad name to beauty.”
“I design clothes for women to wear. I am not interested in shock tactics. I just want to make beautiful clothes.”
“Walk like you have three men walking behind you.”
Sylvia Gobbel is a super successful model and Helmut Newton’s favorite face, as he took numerous shots of her and also put her on the cover of his book of “Big Nudes”.Sylvia had the chance to work with A-list photographers such as Guy Bourdin, Gianpaolo Barbieri, Oliviero Toscani and Peter Lindbergh, Her good looks accompanied with a strong personality,made the process of the interview a complete delight.Currently living in Paris,she undoubtedly has a lot to say about modelling and fashion industry,from the side of an ‘insider’.Here she is interviewed by Sybilia,an exclusivity,we all here feel proud of!
-What mostly influenced you to get involved with fashion?
Well, I have to say, that I fell into fashion…I didn’t choose. I was discovered in the tramway in Vienna while I was a student.
-How you will describe your personal aesthetics/vision?
Have style, fashion is getting out of fashion…Style is eternal…
- Is there something you ‘like to do/work for and haven’t done it so far?
I’m starting to organize some shows for the fashion week and shootings for young
Designers. I would like to develop that more. I’m a great organizer. That’s my German roots…(.like Lagerfeld perhaps)
-Are there any contemporary (or older) creatives that influenced you?Both! I love Azzedine ALAIA, Yves Saint Laurent (himself) Karl Lagerfeld, Alexandre Vauthier, Hervé Leger…..
-How does it feel to be a renowned photographer’s muse?
Good of course….but also funny, because I’m already exposed in all museums of the world, but I’m not THAT old…;-)
‘Bettina”was actually called Simone Bodin named “Bettina” by Couturier Jacques Faith.She started modelling for Faith and developed as one of the most successful and iconic top models of her time.Both a gamine persona and the personification of chic, she appears in fashion photographs of the most prominent photographers of the time.The photography exhibition named “Bettina” aims to retrace the 50’s fashion and the work of renowned photographers such as Erwin Blumenfeld, Irving Penn, Norman Parkinson, Horst P. Horst, and Jean-Philippe Charbonnier-with ”Bettina”as the connecting element.Previously presented at the Galleria Carla Sozzani in Milan and currently at Galerie Azzedine Alaia in Paris,its an event not to miss.”Bettina” modeled for the biggest Couture Houses of her time and also acted as a press agent for Hubert de Givenchy,whom she helped rise to international faith-no doubt why Givenchy named his first collection after her.