Victoria Beckham has opened up about her fashion career alongside Edward Enninful in a video series called Vogue Visionaries.
Recalling her earliest fashion memory, the 48-year-old fashion designer opened up about how she would “overcompensate” during the Spice Girls’ heyday.
Victoria joked: “I take no responsibility for those big Spice Girls shoes! And I would tell the girls – I used to take the budget.
Open: Victoria Beckham has opened up about her fashion career in a video series called Vogue Visionaries alongside Edward Enninful
‘It was fantastic. Because her shoes were from this store […] Buffalo, on Carnaby Street. And they used to get them all for free.”
Speaking of her favorite fashion moments, she said: “There were times when we were so tired that the more tired we were from all the travelling, the more makeup we wore. And the bigger the hair got, the shorter the skirts and the higher the heels. We would only overcompensate.’
She memorably wore matching outfits with her husband David in the ’90s and 2000s.
Victoria fondly recalled: “Me and David showed up to a Versace event in matching Gucci leather […] wearing the wrong designer but you know owning it.”
Victoria fondly recalled: “Me and David showed up to a Versace event in matching Gucci leather […] Wearing the wrong designer but, you know, owning it
She continued, “Listen, everyone wants to show them to me and everyone wants to know what I think of them.
“I didn’t know any better then. I didn’t know the fashion industry. So there was something so sweet and naive about the fact that I didn’t care. I just put it like that.
“That’s the great thing about YouTube; Everything you want to see is so easy to find. It is the most incredible archive.”
Speaking of her earliest fashion memory, she said: “When I was very, very young, I used to watch my mum getting ready.
Trying too hard: Recalling her earliest fashion memory, the 48-year-old fashion designer opened up about how she would “overcompensate” during the Spice Girls’ heyday
“My mum was very proud of how she dressed and it was more more more of everything.
“Bigger shoulder pads, bigger hair… there was a time when she wore Christian Dior Poison perfume, which was such a heavy scent. And it was a lot. But it was inspirational.
“I was very young and I always looked up to her and dreamed of the day when I could wear the fragrance, the makeup and the clothes.”
Explaining that fashion was something she’d always dreamed of, Victoria said: “You know, it was always something I wanted to do.
“It was always a passion of mine just because I couldn’t find what I wanted there.
Victoria joked, “I take no responsibility for those big Spice Girls shoes!”
“And so it wasn’t long after I was done with the Spice Girls that it was a real possibility. But it was always a dream and a passion.”
Discussing the first steps to jumpstarting her career, she mused: “Well, I was friends with Roland Mouret. Back then we were led by the same person and Roland was my mentor.
“He was never involved on the design side, but he introduced me to a team of people who could support me. And so he really was the reason I’m here now.
“He was so kind and generous with his time and advice. So it really was Roland who gave me the tools to make a dream come true.’
She added: “I didn’t know any better at the time. I didn’t know the fashion industry. So there was something so sweet and naive about the fact that I didn’t care. I just put it like that.
Speaking of her biggest learning curves, she said, “You know, I used to think that if the product is good, that’s enough to be successful.
“And what’s clear to me is that there’s a big machine… there’s a lot of people, a big team, all of which have to be in place to make it succeed. It’s not just about the product. It’s about the team. It’s about the finance team, it’s about the logistics team.
“You know, there are quite a few unsexy, shall we say, roles that are so important in making something happen.”
When asked if she would do anything differently, Victoria said: “I said if I’m lucky enough to get out of this pandemic and do a show, I really really want to enjoy it.
“Because in the past when I was doing the big shows I was so stressed and you work so hard and you don’t sleep. And you drive yourself crazy over all the little details.
“I think people would be very, very surprised to see the amount of work and attention to detail that goes into creating a collection and a show.
“And I did that this time. I thoroughly enjoyed it. So for me it’s about working hard and being honest and true to myself but really having fun and living in the moment. Be there too.’
She said of her childhood: “When I was younger, I always had problems. I was never very popular. I was pretty insecure. And I always had to work very, very hard.
“And so I would tell my younger self everything will be fine. Just keep working hard. Stay focused. And have fun and enjoy. Because it will be okay.’
With the advent of technology and the internet, fashion has changed a lot, allowing Victoria to connect with her customers.
Family: Discussing her earliest fashion memories, she said: ‘When I was very, very young and used to watch my mum getting ready’ (pictured with her mum Jackie Adams)
She said: “I love the fact that I can get straight to my customers and my community so very, very quickly. I can also have fun, I can show personality.
“And the fact that now we don’t rely as much on the media to tell the story. We can tell it ourselves over the internet, which I think is very powerful.
“I can live stream my fashion shows, I can use YouTube for beauty tutorials where I can collaborate with other artists. So it’s very, very important and very accessible to my clients.’
As for what’s next, Victoria explained: “I have so much ambition. So much drive. I’m just scratching the surface. Not only with fashion, but also with beauty.
“So I dream very, very big, I work hard. And I believe the sky is the limit. I believe in creative visualization. And there is so much more I want to do.”
Victoria Beckham and Edward Enninful On Finding Your Fashion Career from Vogue Visionaries, a partnership between British Vogue and YouTube UK.
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