Catherine Baba moved from Sydney to Paris in 1994 to study at the Studio Bercot. Debuting in the Chanel Couture studio, Catherine Baba continued as creative consultant at Ungaro, Givenchy and Balmain, as well as independent designers like Jeremy Scott, Andre Walker and Marano, amongst others. Catherine Baba’s cinematic debut designing costumes for Eva Ionesco’s remarkable first film My Little Princess with Isabelle Huppert earned her a nomination for Best Costumes at the 2011 Cesars. As a stylist, Catherine Baba has worked for Vanity Fair, Dazed & Confused, American Vogue, Japanese Vogue, Chinese Vogue, Tank, Glamour (Italy), Vogue Gioello, Interview, 10 and Paper and Stiletto amongst others.
On Thursday, 6th September 2012 as part of an exclusive Vogue Fashion’s Night Out party hosted at 8 Carlos Place, Catherine Baba will be styling the exclusive La Baba dress, created especially for Vogue Fashion’s Night Out, with Gripoix by Catherine Baba jewellery. An aesthetic insolence, a fantasmic fantasia, animated by the jeweller’s alchemy and the enameller’s fire, Catherine Baba’s first couture costume jewellery collection takes us through her looking glass into a world created by the opium-fuelled and absinthe-steeped poets and artists who haunt her subconscious.
When Michele was modelling, there was so much about her that I was drawn to – she was so specific, underground, uncompromising, charismatic, the favourite of ‘The Face’.
At the beginning of my career as a designer, I had such a strong relationship with her. I remember she did my first show and flew in especially for me from New York, and she arrived a half hour before the show and being Michele decided to wear a black organza dress with blue lipstick, and of course she was right.
I have never wanted to call women around me my muses. I avoid that. It is putting them on a pedestal, as though they are somehow static. Michele, and women like her, though they are very rare indeed, brings a unique rhythm to my work, and a different life to their work. They are never static.
Ten years, Michele, a mother, model, actress, but even now in her eyes I still see the same glint of rebelliousness and she brings that to the collection for me