Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen: Our Love for Clothes Started When Michelle Tanner Wore Chanel and Marc Jacobs

10/17/2013 at 02:13 PM ET

Mary-Kate and Ashley OlsenCourtesy Net-a-Porter

As the fashion masterminds behind successful fashion lines including The Row, Elizabeth and James and Olsenboye, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are now known more for their design careers than their acting careers — and that’s just the way they like it. But they do confess that their earliest passion for clothing started around age six, as they jointly played the role of Michelle Tanner on the family sitcom Full House.

“We’d be in six-hour fittings three times a week, because we had to wear 12 different outfits,” Ashley says in this week’s edition of Net-a-Porter.com’s The Edit (and as the article notes, the clothing often was top designer labels like Chanel and Marc Jacobs, cut to fit their tiny frames). Adds Mary-Kate: “We were designing clothes for ourselves as we were so petite. So I think that is when we became obsessed with fit, and now the obsession has become a profession.”

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Though their marquee names and years in the business may have helped their lines get off the ground, both stars say they’re hoping for a more low-profile role going forward. “Anonymity is a word we talk about all the time, in life and in clothes,” Ashley says, before explaining, “If you are wearing a Chanel jacket and you need an anonymous piece that will show just how special that jacket is, I hope that is what The Row gives you.”

And if they can’t fly more under-the-radar? Then they plan to use their name to help out emerging designers in the future reach the same style acclaim they have been able to over the past few years. Read more about their future goals and hope for their brands at The Edit, then tell us: Would you ever have pegged Michelle Tanner as a high-fashion five-year-old? What do you think of the Olsens’ designs now?

–Alex Apatoff

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lilkunta on

the row and elizabeth james are both overpriced.

i doubtthey were wearing chanel as that would add to the show’s production cost and the cast was big.

Tiffany on

I think it’s silly for little children to wear expensive clothing labels. I watched Full House and the clothes certainly didn’t look like anything that would cost a lot of money.

Snail on

The character they played was a royal sarcastic brat. Good for them to converting that to a lifetime of success.

Rachael on

They want to be anonymous? Quit dressing in ridiculous outfits when out in public or at events! Quit going to celebrity events. It’s their own fault for being in the public eye.

Tracy on

I didn’t watch Full House because of these girls and I can’t stand them now either. They are weird and strange and are only famous for being on Full House and yet they want to act like it didn’t happen and be anonymous. They have no talent except that they got lucky that they were born twins. They are ungrateful little *itches.

Cat on

I saw the Olsen twins at JFK this past July and boy are they “petite” and snobby. They def do not exceed 80 lbs!. I agree that elizabeth james is completely overpriced. Good for them for becoming billionaires…more power to them

rob on

u did what u ould for ur goal name and design lothes . no one control u. but pls dont go over prices of clothes otherwise cannot affort it. i really enjoy ur ex full house . thanks u . i’m deaf person smile

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