Magiel La Rivière
As a mere toddler, Magiel La Rivière leaped into the world of fashion. Even at this young and tender age, his views were uncompromising regarding what (not) to wear. From the outset, one of his greatest supporters was his mother (a tailor herself), who offered much encouragement and support.
During puberty, his inner, creative drive developed further. Magiel stood out from his friends, by completely remodelling his clothes, e.g. drawing pictures and patterns on his boots, wearing diving goggles on a chain, putting his own text on a baseball jacket and so on. But not for long. Very soon he wanted to wear nothing but his own designs. Every day, dozens of designs were committed to paper, and many of these designs were realised by his mother, as she dutifully made Magiel’s fashion ideas and designs into actual clothes.
After high school Magiel entered the fashion academy. Twice. It turned out to be a real farce. He could not cope with the fact there were no possibilities to express himself and the obligation to stick to the rules laid down by the academy. Magiel quickly realised that this was not for him and he decided to quit. But where next? Should he try some other schools? Not a good idea he thought. His dreams lay with professional fashion designing and his desire is to learn how to manufacture such designs and ideas. And so his mother taught him.
During August 1992, Magiel decided that he was ready to present his work to the public and an International Artist’s Symposium invited him to do a fashion show. It was a huge success. People were amazed and it was obvious that he was a passionate, creative designer with a long and prosperous future ahead of him.
This fashion show was the first of the many, and Magiel went on to present his work in all kinds of venues, including discotheques, clubs and conferences. He took care of everything himself, including special lighting, music, ticket sales, marketing and the choreography and training of models. Live music was a must, so he used duelling drummers and tuned percussion to accompany the shows. Choosing the models was also Magiel’s decision. Models from all walks of life and from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. Magiel’s clothes mostly ended up in private collections, but theatre producers also used some of his designs in their productions.
Apart from the hundreds of pieces of clothing Magiel made for shows and shop-sales he also worked on commissions and quickly gained a steady clientele of private customers.
Magiel has been working with all kinds of materials, but his speciality is working with leather and other natural fabrics like silk, cashmere, wool and metal. Furthermore, not only are his designs unique, but each piece is different.
1985 – 1989