With designs that are not afraid to push the visual boundaries armed with a ballpoint pen, Susanne Roti mixes her passion for drawing and fashion. Before the conception of her idea to fuse her two creative loves, Susanne studied art history at the University of Bergen which inspired her to use “elements of the past to create something new.” It was with that idea she decided to create her own self titled clothing line Susanne Roti. With no obsession over celebrities but with talented people such as surreal artists Claude Cahun and Magritte who influence her work. Delve deeper into her surreal world with The Digital Fashion Platforms interview with Susanne Roti.
Photography: Nora Fredrikke Holmen
SR: During my time at the University I became especially fascinated by surrealism and its mixture of rational reality and irrational dreams. The ideas of surrealism are appealing and I am attracted by the surreal aesthetics. Therefore surrealism, its playfulness and illusions, naturally became a source of inspiration to me when I started designing clothes. Claude Cahun and Magritte are surreal artists who have influenced my work.
How do you unwind after a day of designing?
SR: I love spending time with my labrador puppy, she is fantastic and has so much good energy. The best way to truly unwind after a day of designing.
Drawing illustrations of texture and detail on your designs is a very unique aspect of your label, why did you decide to mix the two?
SR:Drawing has been my favourite activity since I was a child and I always try to find new ways of using drawing. When it comes to fashion I seek to create authentic and innovative designs. Because of my passion for both fashion and drawing I wanted to explore the possibilities for combining these disciplines. Moreover, I like how the time-consuming drawing process adds the value of handmade to my design.
Catwalk Images by Roger Fosaas
What is your secret obsession?
SR: That must be Chinese tea, I drink several cups every day.
What came first, drawing or fashion?
visions and thoughts. And I appreciate all the opportunities to learn from each other. Especially,
I think it is interesting to take part in a discussion about authenticity in fashion.