THE NEW YORK TIMES

SOPHIE HICKS, CHLOÉ’S ARCHITECT

By Stephen Heyman. Photograph by Jacob Sutton. June 2010

“If I were to put a dress on, I wouldn’t look like a woman,” says Sophie Hicks. “I’d look like a man in drag.” The sternly chic British architect began wearing mannish suits as a fashion editor at glossies like Tatler and British Vogue. Then, in the late 1980s, she quit her editorial job and went to architecture school. Sure, high fashion frustrated her. (Madonna, at the very last moment, once bailed on a big photo shoot that Hicks had dreamed up with Azzedine Alaïa.) But Hicks’s concerns about the industry went deeper. “I was only 26, and I started seeing fashion go in circles,” she says, noting that the legends she worked alongside — like Grace Coddington — “must have seen the same things go around 12 dozen times.”

Hicks’s biography has fabulous footnotes: She appeared in a Fellini film (“Intervista,” in 1986), designed a Picasso exhibit for the Royal Academy of Arts, and made a perfume bottle for Paul Smith. Her most famous buildings are, perhaps predictably, fashion boutiques. She has designed shops for Yohji Yamamoto in Paris, Paul Smith in London and 100 or so Chloé stores, including flagships in Tokyo, New York and Hong Kong. Today, she’s at work on a small home in South Kensington. For that building, she’s invented a “geometric building block” with the British brick maker Ibstock. “It’s a bit like mesh,” she says of the partially translucent brick. “So you’ll get little glimpses of what’s going on outside.”

© The New York Times 2009

Read at The New York Times Website >

MAGAZINES

SPACE KOREA

ACNE STUDIOS
Interview by Park Sungjin
Photo by Annabel Elston
January 2016

SPACE MAGAZINE

AT HOME WITH HICKS
Conversation Skye Sherwin
Photos by Brett Lloyd
November 2015

FRAME

YOHJI YAMAMOTO FLAGSHIP STORE
By Chris Scott
Photographs by Johannes Marburg
May/Jun 2009

BOB MAGAZINE

YOHJI YAMAMOTO FLAGSHIP STORE, PARIS
by Lee Eunjung, Photographs by Johannes Marburg

ELLE DECOR ITALIA

LA POETICA DEL BIANCO
By Ana Cardinale
Photographs by Matthieu Salvaing
March 2009

FRAME MAGAZINE

ACNE’S KOREAN FLAGSHIP
By Shonquis Moreno
Photo by Annabel Elston
March 2016

J’N’C News

DIE GEISTERJÄGERIN
Interview by Svea Jörgens
Portraits by Volker Conradus
December 2012

RIKA MAGAZINE

RENAISSANCE WOMAN
By Osman Ahmed
Photographs by Alasdair McLellan
Spring 2018