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I work as a Fashion Designer and am launching a label very soon
Libra Sun with Capricorn Moon and rising in Aries
Do you relate with any of the strengths and weaknesses Libran’s are known for?
Libran’s tend to be quite fair and diplomatic, which I definitely can see resonating in myself. I always try and find the fairest solution when trying to resolve a conflict. Libran’s are also very open-minded, which I value a lot especially when designing or trying to source new inspiration. Libran’s also can be quite indecisive and detached, which I definitely feel are some of my weakest traits. I can often come across as rude or conceited without those intentions, I try to be aware of these weaknesses and when I acknowledge them and seek understanding I feel my weaknesses being addressed. For me, being a Libra means seeking harmony and creating a positive balance with everything I do. I often can get caught up in my head and appear quite spacey and by seeking this balance, symbolised through the scales, I find myself the happiest and at peace. I do think that it is important to acknowledge that not every element of my astrological sign reflects my identity and not get to caught up on the spiritual aspects, but I definitely acknowledge I can resonate with those Libran traits.
How does the internet affect you and your spirituality?
I always try and have a break from technology and social media from time to time. I think its really important to connect with yourself and others without the influence of technology. I have been guilty of putting too much influence on what my horoscope or astrological chart says, and because of this I feel like I sometimes expect things to happen. I do try not to place too much control over astrology in effecting my thoughts and actions, and by finding this sense of balance within my spirituality I find I make decisions more effectively.
What star signs have you dated? Have they been compatible?
My girlfriend’s a Sagittarius and I feel like we were made for each other. When we first started seeing each other It was quite overwhelming because I’ve never felt so strongly about someone before and I was confused about what I was feeling, but looking back on it I’ve never felt so right with someone. Funnily enough, Librans and Sagittarians have really good compatibility so it makes sense. I think when you feel a connection to someone that goes beyond the superficial aspects of attraction it is important to follow these relationships. I have a really strong sense on intuition, and when I follow it I am usually right. I feel like this relationship was one of those moments/feelings. I feel very lucky to have this connection with someone else.
How does your work reflect your star sign?
I’m always changing my mind about things, I’ll make something and then when I’m finished I decide I won’t like it. I feel like for the past few years, especially since finishing my degree, I’ve been really trying to figure out what kind of designer I want to be and who I want to design for. Because of my indecisiveness its probably taken me a while to figure it out but I think I’ve finally figured out my aesthetic and the kind of designer I want to be. I think through experimenting with different techniques, particularly during my degree, through trial and error I have established an aesthetic and technique that represents myself and my identity.
What is the one thing you love about your medium?
You can do so many things as a designer, it doesn’t just have to be focused on ‘fashion’ in particular. I love experimenting with ways I can incorporate other influences that aren’t particularly from a fashion background and seeing how I can make it wearable. I also love making clothes for other people, probably what I love the most. I never really make clothes for myself but tend to focus on who I’m making for and how I can reflect my personality and my identity into my designs. I can’t even describe the satisfaction I get seeing someone wearing my clothes in their own way. I can think it is the rawest and honest form of self-expression. I believe that choice of dress is multifaceted; where it might be perceived as a reflection of individuality and self expression, it is simultaneously dictated and informed by society. You can tell when someone is wearing something to reflect their identity and represent self-expression, because it just looks right. I love it when I see someone wearing something that is in their own way. There is something really special about doing what you love for a purpose or feeling you get when doing it, and this is why I love making things for people.
You use a variety of embellishment in your designs? Could you tell me more about that?
The embellishment, particularly metal hardware was introduced into my practice during my second semester of third year in the Bachelor of Fashion Design. I started exploring alternative ways of constructing garments with the absence of any form of sewing. I began looking into metal hardware as more than just a decorative effect, but in a functional form as well. This led me to create garments that had no sewing at all, and were constructed only with eyelets and metal rings.
Some could say that your style is indicative of the S&M aesthetic. Would you agree with this?
Yeah definitely, I think S&M is such a beautiful form of expression and I want to be able to make my garments wearable while still reflecting various influences in my garments. S&M generally has a ‘taboo’ connotation, and by breaking the boundaries of what is perceived as ‘wearable’, I think the stereotypes surrounding S&M can be challenged and altered.
Which fashion house do you look towards for inspiration?
Y/Project. Their deconstructionist approach to tailoring and genderless aesthetic is a source of inspiration for me. In relation to my own practice and dissemination of work, the deconstructionist approach to construction is a key concept for me when producing my own ranges. I appreciate Y/Project’s conceptual approaches to reconfiguring traditional garments.
How do you feel about Heidi Slimane taking the reigns at Celine?
When I first found out, I was really excited given his tailoring background. However upon seeing his first collection for Celine I was quite disappointed. It seems to me that he’s just using the Yves Saint Laurent classics and putting Celine on the label. It will be interesting to see how he progresses. Although, it is nice to see a change, I think it is sad to see Philo’s clean, modern and beautiful clothes altered to a range of glam/grunge looks that to me, doesn’t really represent Celine.
When you walk around Melbourne CBD what concepts do you see most in fashion?
To be honest, I’m not in the city all that much. However, people are always wearing jeans. It is one of my favourite things about denim; it’s such a timeless, wearable item of clothing. I usually notice how people dress themselves when I’m going out. I think people really express themselves during the night life and are possibly more experimental in how they dress. I also think context plays a huge role in what people feel comfortable wearing in various situations. When people are placed in a situation that is absent from the restrictions society can place on people to look or act a certain way, the way people dress is possibly more experimental and truer to the self. I became really interested in this form of identifying self-expression through dress, and I wrote my thesis on this. I think dress and self-identification is really important in formulating self-expression and I hope that through what I make, I can encourage this in the people wearing my clothes.
What’s a piece of advice you’d want to give your future self?
Don’t be so hard on yourself and you can do anything if you work hard. However, you don’t have to compromise your personal life to do what you want to do. Find a way to incorporate both and you will be happy. Follow your intuition, its usually right!