Gisele Ganne’s jewellery is an evocation of death, mourning and divorce. Each pieces tells a story which is inspired by Victorian mourning jewellery, old and ethnic customs, urban legends and historical events…
Based in London, Gisele Ganne graduated from the Royal College of Art and worked for several well known names such as Cacharel, Tatty Devine, Carolina Bucci and Stephen Webster before going alone. Since releasing her first collection she has already featured in world wide press and been seen on celebrities such as Florence Welch, Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, Cheryl Cole, Yasmin and Eve.
What were/are your ambitions and aspirations at the age of 26?
When I turned 26, it was few days before my degree show at the Royal College of Art. I was so stressed, but the only thing I could dream of and hope for was to be where I am now - lucky enough to make a living from my passion!
Pick a word beginning with the letter 'G' which best sums you up...
I think it is a good word to define my style and my jewellery. I have thousands of images filed under INSPIRATION but could equally be filed under GLAMOROUS-GOTH!
For each letter of the alphabet, pick a word followed by a sentence that inspires you...
My idol - he was a genius. If there was one person to speak to that was no longer with us, it would definitely be him.
Beers with my friends! Always the best way to forget the stress of the day.
CHEESE & CHANEL
Some of the best things that France produces, including my dad’s goat cheese, which is the best ever btw!
DIVORCE & DEATH
The inspiration behind my first jewellery collection.
Givenchy by Ricardo Tisci.
Best country in the world. Even if I live in London, France will always be in my heart.
Glamorous goth chic... my style, my jewellery!
Home sweet home. I am actually looking for a new place, house hunting in London can be hell!
How did we ever manage without them! Checking my mails on my phone is the first thing I do when I wake up and the last thing I do before bed.
An outfit is never complete without jewellery!
I never have enough, I'm always seeking more. The same for inspiration.
I am obsessed with leather and have way too many leather items in my wardrobe!
My mum is the best women in the world (of course, my dad is the best too)!
Never say never, you never know what life will offer.
Each of my collections starts with an obsession.
The gallery of Palaeontology is my favourite place in Paris. I love skulls and skeletons.
Especially the Walt Disney ones - the Queen of Hearts in Alice Wonderland, the Queen in Snow White.
ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART
The school which changed my life.
I have two amazing sisters, we fight like cat and dog but are always there for each other!
My other idol - his movies make me dream. I would love to work with him.
I like to think that my jewellery makes people feel unique.
My proudest moment was to see my jewellery on the glossy pages of the French Vogue! It's like the bible for me and I collect them religiously.
The inspiration behind my new collection. It all started after reading “the Witching Hour” trilogy from Anne Rice.
My favourite family holidays.
Yeti, vampire, werewolf, ghost... I can read anything about mystic creatures and monsters!
Nothing is better than a good night of sleep. I wish I could get more of them!