Nothing predestined him in fashion. As a child, Mossi Traoré imagined himself more of a footballer than a stylist. But, very quickly, clothing becomes for him a means of expression, a way of building his personality. Born to Malian parents, he spent his adolescence in the city of Hautes-Noues in Villiers-sur-Marne.

 

Breaking with the dress codes of the city, he imposes his choices and especially the freedom to dress as he wishes. He then decided to devote his studies to fashion and in 2005 joined a training course as a fashion designer at the Parisian school Mod'Art International. Passionate about the world of Opera, he completed several internships at the Palais Garnier as a dresser. The opportunity for him to discover the mysteries and the actors of the Palace, which nourish his imagination. At the end of his studies, he continued his apprenticeship in fashion and sewing as a volunteer with an Indian seamstress installed at Gare du Nord and an African tailor with a workshop in the suburbs. At the same time as his studies, he became head of a department within a boutique for Giorgio Armani.

He travels a lot around the world, particulary in Italy, Africa and India to soak up and discover different cultures.

Attached to the spirit of transmission, he founded in 2015 a high fashion school "Les Ateliers Alix" focused on the creation and mastery of know-how (from corsetry, to embroidery through finishing) which trains about thirty students per year. With the support of his association “Les Ateliers Parisiens” created in 2016, Mossi not only trains young people in Haute Couture but also helps them to integrate into the professional world.

The school and the association also train neighborhood women or migrants without qualifications in sewing trades in order to make them pass the CAP as a free candidate and help them find a job.


“Les Ateliers Alix” is also an opportunity for the designer to pay tribute to Madame Grès, Alix by her first name, whose work fascinates him. Fascinated by the design of Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake, Margiela, Indian culture but also Japanese manga and contemporary art, in 2017, Mossi Traoré launched his brand "Mossi" of women's ready-to-wear which evokes rigor and the aesthetics of sewing.

MOSSI is an ethical ready-to-wear brand designed in a spirit of integration and sharing.

Mossi silhouettes evoke the rigor and aestheticism of couture. Each creation is the result of a long reflection on texture and volume.

Like an architect, Mossi plays with the space given to him. He creates movement on inertia and fixes it with plays of drapery and pleats.

 

The MOSSI brand is nourished by artistic collaborations and artisanal know-how. Each season, the creator articulates the history of his collection around an artistic partnership.

 

In 2019 the prints in the collection reproduced the textile sculptures of Simone Phelpin. In 2020, the kufic and cursive writing of calligrapher Hassan Massoudy inspires the movements and colors of the new collection.