Runway images by Christopher Pike Photography
Where were you born, where did you grow up?
What you like when you were young?
A little brat. Also a total actress, always looking for my few seconds of fame on grandpa's videotape recorder.
My lovely grandma Esther would keep a sewing kit in her room to mend clothes mostly. I always viewed it as the ultimate treasure chest and would go through it over and over making sure I was familiar with all the pieces in it. I started hand sewing for the extensive crew of Barbie dolls that lived in my house. They clearly needed dresses made out of socks with buttons sewn all over them. I think this was a sign that I liked making things and I liked dressing others.
Why did you choose to study at Kwantlen Polytechnic University?
I started my studies in fashion design at Angewandte Kunst Schneeberg (Contemporary Design School in Schneeberg, Germany) and did my first 2 (foundation) years there. I decided to transfer to Kwantlen and finish my degree in Vancouver to have the best of both worlds Europe and America in one degree.
Talk about your time studying Fashion Design. What was hard for you, what was easy for you, are they any high, low or funny moments you can share?
The hard part has always been to stay focused and to find balance. A lot goes on in your personal life when you are 19-25 which is how long it took me to finish my degree (with some breaks in between to save money and relocate). Easy isn't really a word for it, but I always found it uncomplicated to find inspiration and design direction. It is something that is deeply embedded in me and I just have to focus and listen to it and follow.
What was the inspiration for your grad collection? Share anything you'd like readers to know?
Neutral colours, natural fibres.
Do you have a favourite look?
No, I love all of them as a whole.
What do you think you can bring to the fashion world that is new?
A step back and a reality check. We are all the same - humans, imperfect and vulnerable. Embrace it.
Where do you go from here – are you going to work for others for awhile, launch your own line, take a break and travel?
I am currently working with a pretty influential Vancouver based company as a full time designer. I will also be travelling to Argentina for a month with my family to see my beautiful folks over there. Then I will be showcasing my own collection in Vancouver Fashion Week this upcoming September.
Please share a quote on what fashion design means to you.
Just like many other design disciplines, form follows function. Fashion is not an exception. It also generates conversations, shows the social and political landscape of a society and serves as a platform for expression. If used as a tool, it could turn the everyday decision of what to wear into small statements.
One of the most important messages of my line, is the sustainability of a community through a shift in perspective and values as a society. I believe clothing helps with this shift and would love to stimulate change and break the mold and challenge perceptions.