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LVMH Prize Semifinalist Anne Isabella Finds Inspiration in Nature

Behind Anne Isabella Rasmussen’s gauzy dresses and ‘70’s-mod knitwear is a deep appreciation for nature; her latest collection is rooted in inspiration found in the spirals of ammonite shells, while sweaters and skirts seem to nod to the horizontal striations that mark water-worn rock formations. Her talent caught the attention of Maria Grazia Chiuri, Bernard Arnault, and Julia Fox at LVMH’s semifinalist showcase and cocktail during fashion week.

Left: Rasmussen's favorite dress from her Fall/Winter 23 collection. Image exclusive to 'Surface.' Credit: Laura Schaeffer.

Name: Anne Isabella Rasmussen for Anne Isabella 

Instagram: @anne___isabella

Describe this collection in three words: Stripes, drapes, spirals.

Which look is your favorite? The black drape dress. It was a new category for me, so it was fun to develop. What I really love about it is how easy to wear and flattering it feels. 

What was the inspiration behind it? The whole collection was initially inspired by shells, so the textures and constructions are mimicking those of natural optics. 

Attend any parties or events? This year, I was shortlisted to the LVMH prize as a semifinalist. It was an amazing opportunity to showcase my work to some of the industry’s most influential people. I had the opportunity to speak and present my work to Anna Wintour, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Bernard Arnault, and many more. I never thought I’d be getting feedback from some of the industry’s biggest names, and for sure not at this point in my career. It was a great experience and a great exercise in formulating and solidifying what my brand is about. 

Why show in Paris rather than at another fashion week? I’m half French, and it’s still the epicenter of fashion and a destination I have to pass by every season. This is also where I get to present the collection to buyers, so it makes total sense to me to combine those events together. However, I love working from Berlin, which is slightly calmer.

Credit: Daniella Maiorano
Image exclusive to 'Surface.' Credit: Laura Schaeffer.
Credit: Daniella Maiorano
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