Kanye was discussing his career and attempts to break into the fashion industry with presenter Zane Lowe, and began by talking about the barriers he’s faced, about being dismissed by companies for his “celebrity”.
Kanye West broke down crying during a revealing interview with Zane Lowe for BBC Radio 1 on Thursday. And it’s soooo touching.
“I’m trying to express that I can create outside this music box… and I’m giving examples of work that I did that are completely successful but I’m just getting shot down,” he began.
After the pair talked for some time the conversation moved on to fashion professor Louise Wilson, who was the director of the MA fashion degree at Central Saint Martins and trained Alexander McQueen and Christopher Kane and died last year. Kanye continued:
“I went to Louise Wilson’s memorial, the greatest fashion instructor of all time. Louise Wilson was the baddest professor of all time of any fashion school ever. Notorious for not letting people stop at a seven or an eight, pushing people to a 12.
Last time I saw her, we had a dinner at Hakkasan which is my favourite restaurant in London and I think she knew that she was going to pass. She just wanted to give me some words of advice moving forward and she was asking me about my daughter, about my wife.
She said ‘so many students, they don’t give it their all. The problem is, soon as they do anything halfway good, when they’re two years old, their parents clap. She looked at me and said, ‘Kanye, don’t clap’.” I didn’t know we were going to lose her.
She said ‘thank you for the times where we came to performances, this really meant a lot to me’. You know, she would…”