1. What/who is your inspiration?
My inspiration is a woman who is not afraid to take risks with what she wears. She is confident, outgoing, and secure with her choices of fashion. She enjoys standing out in a crowd and is always on the hunt for that next statement piece to add to her closet. Some fashion icons I draw inspiration from are Rihanna, Grace Jones, David Bowie, Taylor Momsen, and Edie Sedgwick.
2. What drew you to leather as a material?
I was first drawn to leather because it was such a masculine material used for jackets and chaps for men who ride motorcycles and I wanted to bring it to womenswear in a more feminine way. The texture and feeling of leather inspired me to create garments that accentuated a woman’s body shape in a flattering way while giving her confidence in what she was wearing. Leather can feel like a second skin and is almost like armor, empowering a woman to feel fearless and sexy in what she is wearing.
3. Do you work with other fabrics or do you specialize in leather?
Leather has been the primary material I work with but I have used light weight fabrics for overlays or cut outs like chiffon. My newest fabric choice that I am experimenting with is neoprene. It was only used for scuba suits but now it has hit the fashion world with lots of excitement. It is sturdy and durable and great for form fitting garments.
4. What design are you most proud of?
I am really proud of my latest collection that I showed in New York City Fashion Week last September. I used to only design with black leather and this time I challenged myself and used blue leather! The contrast between the black and blue is beautiful. I really pushed myself as a designer with this collection, using new style lines and cut outs to express my inspiration of architecture and negative space. If I looked at this collection five years ago, I would not be able to recognize my own work.
5. When did you graduate from MHS?
I graduated in spring of 2008.
6. Did you go to college, and if so, where?
I attended Lasell College in Newton, Massachusetts and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design and Production. Here I had the chance to study abroad to London and attend the London College of Fashion for a semester where I found myself as a designer and started to work on my aesthetics.
7. What would be your advice for an aspiring designer?
Always be true to yourself when designing. Seek happiness in inspiration and work on what gratifies you to become creative and design garments that show who you are as an artist. Art is subjective to every person who sees it and their perspective varies on their ideals of fashion. Some people will love your work and some will hate it but being true to yourself when designing is key. You can't please everyone but you can find your niche market for your ideas and make a lot of people comfortable in and excited for your work.
8. What do you enjoy the most about being a fashion designer?
Always challenging and pushing myself to think in new, different, and creative ways. My favorite feeling is when I am at a fashion show and a model has one of my garments on and she can not stop talking about how confident she feels wearing it. That is when I know that I have a purpose for the fashion I am making. Not only models but everyday women who love to wear my garments brings me joy and wants me to create more for them to wear. I love discovering new fabrics or a new sewing technique that enhances my design process and brings my creative thinking in a new direction that produces exciting garments or style lines. Fashion is always evolving and that excites me, fashion is never boring. Being able to do something you love and being creative at the same time keeps me going as a fashion designer.
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