Marian's Most Challenging Creation
"Well, there have been lots. But I think one that actually stands out in my mind, which is in the book, is the very first fashion show I ever did, which was back in '97 — Alexander McQueen, when he was at Givenchy. And the extreme nails didn't exist then. So I'd have to sort of work out how to do it, because he wanted very long, spiral nails. I mean if you'd have stretched them out, they're probably about 12 inches long and spiralled. And extreme nails didn't exist. Nobody did them. I never assisted anybody, so I sort of had to work out myself. And there was no Google. There was no Instagram. So yeah, that was for me the hardest.
I did have to spend quite a few days at home working out how to actually make these nails, and it was tricky. I ended up using a Chinese takeaway foil tray as a sort of a basis. Because tinfoil was too thin, and I needed to find something that was suitable to use as a form that would stand up to the weight of the acrylic they put on top. That took a lot of days actually, on and off for the best part of a week."