Netherlands-based Pascal de Wolff is one of an exclusive breed of models who stars off their career as a Prada exclusive. de Wolff, who is signed with Major in New York, Angels & Demons in Paris, and I Love Models Management in Milan, made his debut in Prada's June 2011 show, and when he's not walking as an exclusive for Prada, he has hit the runway for Comme des Garcons, Jil Sander, Raf Simons, Kenzo, Costume National, and other big names. He has also graced the pages of VMAN, F!cking Young, Arena Homme +, Fashionisto and Male Model Scene exclusives, as well as appeared in Rad Hourani and Prada's lookbooks. He talks to us about DSquared2, how he's different from other models and what's he's currently (and secretly) obsessed with ...
The Fashion Law – How old are you and what's your nationality?
Pascal de Wolff – I am Dutch and I turned 22 last April.
The Fashion Law – When/where were you scouted and what was your first big modeling job?
Pascal de Wolff – Almost 4 years ago, this guy approached me in the library. From the second we talked about modeling, he said I would be perfect for Prada and apparently, he was right. Working for them exclusively was my premiere and my breakthrough I guess.
The Fashion Law – How do you think you are different from other models?
Pascal de Wolff – Personally, I don’t see much difference in looks. People tell me my face is unique or that I look like an alien. When I was younger, it was meant as an insult by my classmates and it probably still is. But nowadays I just take it as a compliment.
The Fashion Law – What did you think of modeling before you got started?
Pascal de Wolff – Before this, I had no interest in the whole industry whatsoever. Especially growing up in Groningen, which isn’t exactly a fashion capital, I never put much thought into what it’s about. So, this major change of lifestyle has been an interesting experience.
The Fashion Law – What has been the highlight of modeling for you so far? Is there a specific job you loved?
Pascal de Wolff – That’s hard to say, since I loved many jobs for their own particular reasons. Either because I meet some great people backstage or it is at some beautiful location I’ve always wanted to go to. But definitely the trips to New York and times spent in Tokyo are ones I will never forget.
The Fashion Law – Do you think there are any downsides to modeling? What is the most difficult part for you?
Pascal de Wolff – Surely there are struggles that come with it, mainly when doing this full time. It sounds contradicting, how the most enjoyable parts of modeling are also on the flip side of the coin. Like going places so easily is a blessing! But being away from home often makes it hard to maintain old friends, study and practice sports fanatically.
The Fashion Law – Is there a particular designer or design house that you absolutely want to work with?
Pascal de Wolff – Not anyone specific. I wouldn’t mind changing my market from high fashion to the more commercial brands. But most importantly, I just want to work with designers who treat models in a respectful way and have good food served during the breaks. At DSquared2, for example, there’s always a cheerful atmosphere, and the designers and their team is just a delight to be around.
The Fashion Law – What do you like to do when you're not traveling/working?
Pascal de Wolff – Back in the Netherlands, I like to spend some quality time with my family. I also like to study to prevent my brain from becoming too lazy.
The Fashion Law – What have you learned about the business of fashion so far from your work?
Pascal de Wolff – I got to know a lot about the brands individually, like what their goal is and why they design the way they do. It is probably obvious to some people, but there is a lot more to fashion than some fabric pieces together and just the art of design. It can be a statement, an attitude and it often has a story behind it. That is something I start to see more and more.
The Fashion Law – Have you done any cool jobs recently?
Pascal de Wolff – Kind of. A few shows of last fashion week were quite nice. Right after that I went to Rome, where I shot a couple editorials and worked on projects with Kevin Pineda, a photographer based in Italy. It’s work while having a good time.
The Fashion Law – Where do you see yourself in the next several years?
Pascal de Wolff – After modeling it will be hard to get a regular 9 to 5 job in my hometown, considering I’m bored easily. So, I'm thinking of migrating to the US, preferably New York, still being active in fashion and having enough flexibility to travel around.
The Fashion Law – What are you obsessed with right now?
Pascal de Wolff – I’m hardly obsessed with anything, ever. But right now I’m focused on beating my friends and girlfriend in this game called Candy Crush. But don’t tell anyone, I don’t want them to know that it is the only reason I play!
The Fashion Law – What are your plans for the rest of the summer?
Pascal de Wolff – First, I want to stay home for a bit. It would be more of a holiday for me than being anywhere else. For later, I will let my impulsive mind decide what to do.