Kanye West opened up recently about his path to fashion design, saying that many people in the business turned their backs on him once he started dating Kim Kardashian.
The rapper and reality star are now married with a child, and West says that being turned away from the world of fashion may have actually been for the best, because it forced him to start over in a way.
“[As] soon as we started dating, fashion people were really opposed to the idea of reality stars. And all the relationships, the somewhat friends that I had somewhat built up, completely turned their backs on her and me….the so-called traction that I was getting in the high-fashion world was completely thrown out the window and I was finally allowed to go to school, where every day I was in my mom (Kris Jenner)’s house, in my little brother’s (Rob Kardashian)’s old room, re-tailoring a Céline skirt, re-tailoring a Saint Laurent jacket, re-tailoring a Zara top, re-tailoring Wolford… And day by day by day, Kim and I learned, we got better. We looked at the photographs together and she improved my style, we improved each other,” West told Style.com.
West also made the somewhat startling announcement that he’d like to be the “Steve Jobs of Gap”, after the store announced an open position following the departure of creative director Rebekka Bay.
“I’d like to be the Steve Jobs of Gap. Perhaps this is a bit of a demo tape. When I say Steve Jobs of the Gap, as I talk to the people at the Gap right now, I’m not talking about a capsule. I’m talking about full Hedi Slimane-creative-control of the Gap is what I would like to do. And I can say this because it doesn’t conflict with my Adidas contract,” Kanye said.
Whether or not Kanye West has a job waiting for him at The Gap remains to be seen, but for now he’s got quite a bit on his plate as a musician, fashion designer, and husband to one of the most talked-about women in the world.