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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen get mathematical with design process

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen get mathematical with design process

Designing has become a mathematical equation for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

The twin sisters, who began their career as child actors, are behind the highly respected fashion houses The Row and Elizabeth and James. Both Mary-Kate and Ashley have always had a vested interest in clothes, which they now translate in their designs.

The process behind their work has evolved over the years, with the sisters enjoying the freedom that comes from creating their own line.

“Design has become really mathematical in a way, and for us, there’s a freedom that comes from knowing exactly where we want to go from the start,” Mary-Kate told America’s InStyle magazine.

The 30-year-old adds that her closeness with twin Ashley ensures the pair has joint control over their fashion ventures, including both being behind the hiring process.

“It’s important to control the image of your brand, something we have known since we were very young.”

As for their own ideas on fashion, Ashley admits she would have loved to have met Coco Chanel and Spanish fashion designer Mariano Fortuny, while Mary-Kate likes to admire other people’s work from afar, without actually meeting any of her heroes.

“For me, it’s interesting to see how different designers have affected other houses throughout the years. When you look at the work of John Galliano or Karl Lagerfeld, it changes your perspective of a house,” she stated.

The twins still enjoy a love for vintage clothes, something they often sport on the red carpet, explaining its knowing that you’re the only person to have it that makes vintage items so special.

“It’s sort of like buying art,” Mary-Kate smiled. “For everything that we call modern today, think about pieces made in the ’20s and how modern they looked then and now.”

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