Pride Month Spotlight: Paradis Perdus
Designed in New York, Paradis Perdus’s collection marries high-fashion silhouettes with recycled materials, resulting in garments that are not only elevated and luxurious, but also playful and imaginative. We spoke with owner, Thomas Poli, about creating a line that allows gender fluidity to thrive.
I feel lucky to be part of the fashion world during a time which, I feel, is the most inclusive in the industry.. From my fashion school to all the brands I have collaborated with, I’ve never felt judged for being gay and never experienced anything negative in a working environment. I know how lucky I have been.
Since my childhood, I’ve always borrowed pieces from womenswear and never really cared to make a distinction between genders. I’ve always been fascinated by androgyny; I grew up listening to my parent’s vinyl of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin or the Rolling Stones. I was fascinated by Mike Jagger’s way of putting his looks together—the way he freed himself from conventions. All of this influenced the way I’m designing today. It’s more of a gut feeling, like a need to express something. It can be triggered by any human being that I can see in the street or someone I have the chance to meet regardless of their gender.
If I was to pick a current icon that, to me, has a big influence in my community, I would choose Harry Styles for his sense of style, androgyny, and the way he breaks the boundaries between men’s and women’s wardrobe conventions. He’s the new Mike Jagger in that sense, and an inspiration for a lot of people from the LGBTQIA+ community.