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5 months ago, by Voir Editorial Team Who Are Ester Manas And How Are They Pioneering Inclusivity In High Fashion

5 months ago, by Voir Editorial Team

Who Are Ester Manas And How Are They Pioneering Inclusivity In High Fashion

Ester Manas is one of Paris’s most need to know up and coming Size inclusive designers. The brand was created by Ester Manas and Balthazar Delepierre, who both studied at La Cambre in Brussels. Throughout her studies Ester took on multiple trainee roles in fashion houses as renowned as Acne Studios, Balenciaga and Paco Rabanne. They founded the label in 2019 and the soul ethos of the brand was to be size inclusive, which has remained what the company strives for as well as ensuring the pieces still had expressive and feminine design.


The brand founders won the Andam Special Prize in February 2023 and were able to put the awarded £100,000 towards building their brand, they took some time off after the release of  their Fall 2023 collection in March to focus on building their brand and coming back bigger and better than ever before. Her Fall 2024 Collection in Paris was no exception. The invitations were sent out along with a bouquet of flowers labelled “missed you” with a red lipstick kiss.


The brand focuses on making sustainable and inclusive pieces for the fierce and bold. They are largely inspired by female empowerment and that theme is reflected in their design and their sizes range from size 2 to 18. Upon their return, Manas was quoted saying “This collection is a gift for the people around us. Thank you for welcoming us again; we came back and we came back with what you asked from us.”


The collection was built of down jackets which were made from recycled nylon, and trench coats that were constructed using deadstock Balenciaga. There was also a lot of colour blocking and ribbed knits that were sportier than Manas previous pieces. The brand also played with texture with a lot of ruffles and sheer fabrics.


The previous collections have been just as magical, with the Fall 23 collection based around their upcoming marriage of the two designers and partners titled “For Better or For Worse”. “We’re getting married, so we tried to do the most stereotypical wedding we won’t do for ourselves,”  they were quoted saying to a reporter. 


They hosted the show in a church and played beautiful love songs like Sade’s “No Ordinary Love”. And as you can imagine, the show hosted a stunning array of white gowns on a stunning array of body types in true Esther Manas fashion. However the collection was not just about gowns, it was the epitome of the “cool bride”. 


As absolute pioneers when it comes to inclusivity in fashion, we are expecting and exited to see a lot more of Ester Manas, and eagerly awaiting what they have up their sleeves for the futures of the brand.

Written By Lauren Dickson


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