At Work With: Nadège Vanhée-Cybulski

Hermès’ womenswear designer talks to Sarah Moroz about helming a heritage fashion house.

When Nadège Vanhée-Cybulski was named artistic director of Hermès’ women’s ready-to-wear in 2014, she disrupted an all-male lineage at the French luxury maison that ran through Christophe Lemaire, Jean Paul Gaultier and Martin Margiela. She also had kept a relatively low profile, having previously worked behind the scenes at Maison Martin Margiela and Céline, and then for three years as women’s design director at The Row.

But the French-born designer, who trained at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, doesn’t seem easily flappable. Her gentle manner is paired with firm confidence, whether she’s pairing trainers with swimsuits at work or enjoying bad movies as much as art house ones at home.

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