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Jil Sander Became a Designer Because She "Couldn't Stand" Women's Pants, Or Anything Else That Women Were Wearing

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The Guardian did an interview with Jil Sander, in which she talks about how much she hates leggings, a snakeskin coat that she used to wear in the '70s, and other general musings about style and how to dress. She also talks about her long-running +J collaboration with Uniqlo, of which the final collection debuted today. She says: "I like to think that I have taught Uniqlo how far a 'basics' company can go in the direction of quality, style and modernity. For my part, I learned how to design the best possible collection with limited resources."

And here's why she became a fashion designer:

I became a designer because I couldn't stand the trousers that were available for women. In fact there was no fashion on the market for the modern woman. Her clothes were stuck in various cliches from the past. I felt that women's wardrobes needed to be reconstructed from scratch.

She goes on to explain that she's had a eye for these sorts of things since she was a kid, and adds, "I am quite alert to anything out of tune: the wrong colour, shape or proportion. Even as a child, I told my whole family how to improve their looks."

Other tidbits: Her favorite music is Bach, she really likes the +J down coats she just did, and says that if she wasn't a designer (so, if she had liked women's clothes at the time) she might have been architect.
· Jil Sander: 'If I had the power I would ban leggings [Guardian UK]
· Jil Sander's Wooly Final +J Collection: Now at Uniqlo [Racked NY]