Known for her Islamic motif-infused sportswear and hybrid fashion, which combines cultural influences and codes, the 26-year-old’s collections have been met with critical acclaim, awarding her the LVMH Prize in 2017 and garnering international stockists including Dover Street Market and Joyce.
Born in a small village in Corrèze, France, Marine Serre initially channelled her ambition into tennis, achieving a high level as a teen, just missing out on a selection for Roland Garros in 2004. Soon after, Serre developed an interest in fashion, attending a specialist visual arts school. After graduating with highest honours from the La Cambre Mode(s) Belgian Fashion Design Academy in 2016, she held internships working under Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen, Matthieu Blazy at Maison Margiela and Raf Simons at Dior, before scoring a year-long junior designer position at Balenciaga, working with Demna Gvasalia . Whilst at Balenciaga, she also worked on her eponymous label.
In 2017, her fifth-year graduate collection, “Radical Call for Love,” was shortlisted for the Hyères Festival, the ANDAM Prize and the LVMH Prize, ultimately winning the latter. Nicolas Ghesquière, one of the judges, said at the time: “It was the way she represents dressing today: the sports clothes, the body consciousness, and a kind of romanticism and femininity. It really speaks of [this] generation.”
She has since garnered a cult following for blurring the lines between ready-to-wear, couture, tailoring and sportswear. She staged her first official runway show for the Autumn/Winter 2018 season at Paris Fashion Week, to critical acclaim. The label is stocked by Dover Street Market, Barneys New York and Browns as well as e-tailers Matches Fashion, Farfetch and Ssense.