The low-key, high impact film director took time out of the studio to create her ideal dress with Lutz & Patmos.

Fashion can be an incestuous affair. One reason why New York based knitwear designers Lutz & Patmos have their eye constantly trained on other artistic fields for inspiration. As part of their ongoing dialogue with influential creators of all kinds, the duo offers a limited edition piece every season dreamt up by a leading personality in the arts. Guest designers so far have included ex-model and entrepreneur Christy Turlington, furniture designer Jonathan Adler, and design agency director Fabien Baron. For its autumn 2005 limited edition Lutz & Patmos cast Sofia Coppola in the role of fashion designer. The film director's streamlined vision which has resulted in award-winning gems such as Lost in Translation, is well suited to Lutz & Patmos, whose designs have a purity of line and fine sense of detail. Here Sofia Coppola, who studied art history at the California Institute of Arts and is currently preparing a film on Marie Antoinette, describes her life as a wardrobe mistress.

How did you come to design a dress for Lutz & Patmos?
They asked me and I thought I'd like to have a simple cashmere dress, like a long sweater or T-shirt that could be my uniform. Just throw it on with some shoes and you're dressed.

What are the ideal accessories for dressing it up or down?
However you want.

You claim to have a love-hate relationship with writing. What is the creative process like for you when designing clothes?
I just think about what I'd want, it's the same with anything creative that I do, just what I would want to see.

In addition to Lutz & Patmos you have signed your named to other fashion designs, including your own line of T-shirts, Milkfed. Could we one day hope to see a complete Sofia Coppola fashion or accessories collection? Why or why not?
I don't think so. It's really a full-time job and I don't have the training.

Style is an art of living. What does your style reveal about your personality?
That I like to be low key, not super flashy.

What was your most recent fashion splurge?
An Alexander McQueen trench coat.

Who are your fashion icons?
I love Diana Vreeland, Marisa Berenson, Jane Birkin and Lauren Hutton.