Kanye West to Become Fashion Design Intern
Rapper Kanye West is ready to delve deeper into the fashion realm, but he's being somewhat realistic about his goals; he wants to start off with an internship and learn from the best. Luckily for him, being a superstar has its perks and even though he'd be 'interning,' he has the ability and the connections to do so under some of the best designers in the world - not to mention a fat enough bank account to be able to do the work for free.
"I am gonna take a bit of time off starting next year and just do an internship and maybe hang around some of my designer friends and learn," West said. "Because I wanna deliver great art to the world. I wanna deliver something that inspires other designers, not something that's like, 'Oh, he's just making money off his name'."
West told The Back Room US designer Marc Jacobs was one of his many fashion heroes.
"He transcends high end to accessibility, he transcends homosexual to heterosexual, he transcends black to white, he transcends Japan to US. He's very important. He's pop culture. You have to give credit to the Steven Spielbergs, Will Smiths, Marc Jacobs who have penetrated pop culture."
Kanye has apparently approached such designers as Louis Vuitton and Raf Simons:
"I was blown away from the planet when he told me," Simons told Times. "I know he's very serious about this -- I don't take it as a joke -- but how can I imagine him being my intern? It's a very extreme situation."
Kanye expressed in his personal blog that he's not interested in being the next celebrity designer capitalizing on his name alone while standing behind the efforts of a trained design team, but that he wants it to "be the real thing." The rapper, who is up for 6 Grammy awards this year, has a bit of a history in fashion and would like to build upon those initiatives with real education.
Last year it was reported that he was at work on a jewelry collection with the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami and, more recently, a men’s shoe line for Louis Vuitton. And when it comes to his own clothing label, Past Tell (formerly known as Pastelle), he is a perfectionist. Mr. West has described the line as “a mix of Marc Jacobs, Polo and American Apparel,” and waiting for its debut (which he has said will occur early next year — nearly three years after it was originally slated to hit stores) is like waiting for Godot.