Robert Kupisz SS16
All of us have the potential to achieve our goals. We simply need to believe and have courage to unleash this potential and to reach our dreams“ – says Robert Kupisz. Robert always had the courage to dream big. His life story proves that he is not afraid of taking risks. He consequently moves ahead while discovering and developing his multiple talents. Robert Kupisz was born in a small town of Gacki. He grew up in Kielce where he graduated from an arts high school and later gained a degree in pedagogy. He was always an avid dancer. When he became a World Latin Formation Championships champion he decided to open his own school of ball-room dance called Step by Step. For 10 years he trained Polish and international dance champions. At one point tough he felt it was time to try something new. He took a leap of faith, sold his apartment in Kielce and moved to London where he signed up for a hair styling course at The Toni & Guy Academy. With these newly acquired skills he moved to Warsaw where, within a few months, he became a leading hair stylist. He worked with Polish and international fashion magazines such as Vogue, Chic, L’Officiel, Elle, Vanity, Fair, Madame, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, and G.Q. He also co-operated with the most renowned Polish theatre and film directors such as Krzysztof Warlikowski (at the National Opera in Paris: The Makropolus Case, Iphigenia in Tauris, Parsifal and in Poland: (A)pollonia, The Tempest, Angels in America, Krum), Jan Komasa (Suicide Room), and Jerzy Skolimowski (Essential Killing). For a long time Robert Kupisz has been a fan of the grunge style; he remade, hand-dyed, sewed and styled his own clothes. This has gained him recognition within the fashion industry and many times gave him the title of the best dressed man in Poland. Finally, in 2011, Robert Kupisz yet again redefined his professional life and made his debut as a fashion designer. His first collection, inspired by the 70’s rock music (Summer 2012), was a long-remembered event and an undeniable success. Enthusiastically commented on by the media, praised by his friends and a quickly growing group of clients, this collection was a first step to creating his own brand. Today Robert’s brand has six unique collections in its oeuvre; each wrapped aroud a different motif yet maintaining Robert’s distinctive style. The second one was melancholic and modernly patriotic (Heroes Winter 2012/13), inspired by the young generation of those who fought in the Warsaw Uprising in 1944. The next one – bald and sensual – reffered to the Wild West (Wanted, Summer 2013). The forth was based on the rich and fascinating Gypsy culture (Gelem, Winter 2013/14). The fifth one (Fair Play, Summer 2014) was inspired by the Olympic Games and sport rivalry, and the sixth – by the movement of bikers. Each and every one of Roberts’ Fashion shows is very different from these presented on the Polish Fashion scene, that it is always a long awaited event, widely commented on by various people. In 2012 Robert Kupisz was granted the Designer of the Year Award. Robert applauds freedom, unconventionality, and listening to one’s own intuition. He is deeply rooted in the Grunge style where one can mix and match freely and anything goes. Uniqueness and authenticity are Robert’s core values. Through his collections, which redefine the rock and street style, Robert gains crowds of enthusiasts, as well as adversaries, new clients and critics alike. Robert Kupisz loves his work, designing, as he himself often says, “with my clients in mind. They are the ones who must like them”.
See the full story and behind the scene in the February Issue
Photos by Yazan Hamama