What is the background of the work you submitted?
The dress and the hat were originally separate projects which I then put together as a look for my university’s annual Apparel and Textile design fashion show.
The dress was inspired by organic architecture. I loved seeing these huge, sturdy buildings built up in such interesting and organic shapes. How can such a solid material be that way? The pattern piecing for the bodice of the dress was inspired by some of these shapes. I took to this approach, using soft drapeable fabrics such as chiffon to make a structural bodice. I chose to do an unstructured chiffon skirt so it billows beautifully when the model is walking or it catches a gust of wind.
What inspires you creatively?
In a lot of my work I’ve used alternative materials such as Slinkys and vinyl records as well as an entire tessellated project made of individually folded fabric pieces. I enjoy building-up from the body, so I like to work with materials which allow this. I aspire to design like Julien Fournie – Torrente Haute Couture artistic director till 2004 – because he is excellent at such a broad range of design details whether it’s off the body shape and structure with bright vibrant colors (Fall 2012 Couture) or soft ruffles, pleats and pastels (Spring 2014 Couture)
Your favourite film of all times?
Remember the Titans. It’s important to support one another, to do what’s right and stand up for what you believe in.
Your favourite music track or album right now?
Grown Woman by Beyoncé. It’s empowering to me. It reminds me I can be anything I want to be and go anywhere I want to go. It’s not necessarily going to be easy but if I fight for it, I’ll get there.
Your favourite on-line Video?
Christian the Lion. It’s so heart-warming to see love so plainly expressed.
Your favourite blog or website for inspiration?
It’s difficult to be inspired by images; the meaning behind them is where a concept and a design are truly developed. I’ve never liked online resources because it’s never a single image that inspires me. I love articles and ideas and dreams. Those are what inspire me.
What does Fashion mean to you?
Fashion is an expression of who you are and what you love. Fashion is confidence. It’s an unspoken language that shapes your identity. I think it means many things to different people and I think it’s supposed to.
Your ideal Fashion Project?
To have time! I would love to have the time and team to work on those intimate garment details that I’ve never done before. I also however am very aware that the industry is extremely fast-paced so it really is just a dream. That’s okay though, I am not very good at not working under pressure anyway!
How do you imagine your future?
I ultimately strive to be happy in whatever I do. To accomplish that, I look to work with others that are responsible with the world and the people around them. I want to work for a company that looks to do more than just design or sell clothing. I want to change the world to benefit all us who live in it.
I wonder why there isn’t more support from successful designers to the design programs in universities. There is so much more we could learn and accomplish as students if we had the resources available to us.