Mirror Mirror: Jean-David Malat

14/08/2014 16:32 | Updated 22 May 2015

Flip flops, red leather and James Bond wasn't what we'd expected to be chatting about with Opera Gallery London art director and curator Jean-David Malat. The former fashion model, designer and comedian counts Jude Law, Lionel Richie and Pierce Brosnan among his clientele, but is still worried about grey hair and wrinkles.

Mirror Mirror: Jean-David Malat

When I look in the mirror I see... I am looking in the mirror less because when I do I can see more and more white hair and wrinkles! But in the morning, I have to when I shave and it's the one moment of the day when I take time for myself. I find looking at oneself rather therapeutical: it is the time when I make sure that I look good and am ready to go into the world each morning.

If I were stranded on a desert island with one outfit it would be... a pair of blue jeans and a simple white t-shirt with a pair of havaianas. It is easy to wear and fits all situations.

When I was at school I wanted to be... in commerce. My grandfather had a fur shop in Paris and I remember watching him and thinking that this was what I wanted to do later in life. I wanted to sell furs and make coats. He had great connections with his clients - especially the women - and was a very talented salesman with great social skills. He was definitely an inspiration for me.

My biggest style triumph was... before I became an art dealer, I used to work in fashion. I remember attending a party and showing up wearing a red leather jacket by Voyage (they were SO famous back in 2000!), with snake trousers by Jitrois and a pair of santiags (cowboy boots). I think that was a real triumph.

If I could be any character from film or literature I would be... James Bond, because he is always such a gentleman, and always well dressed. And also, because he always managed to get himself out of tricky situations.

See Jean-David's latest exhibition Joe Black Ways Of Seeing at the Opera Gallery London from October 18 to November 8.


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