Atelier 2015 - The Art Institute of Vancouver's fashion design showcase - was held onsite this year at their Vancouver campus located at 2665 Renfrew Street. The new location offered so many advantages. There was a snaking runway that wound through the atrium flanked by a single row of chairs offering only front row seats. Then there were tasty bites to tempt us created by their culinary students. Divine! The evening also featured short films created by the school's marketing and film students. All in all a great evening.
Two of the designers offering collections this evening had recently showcased on the runway at New York Fashion Week. They offered us larger six look collections which allowed everyone to get a deeper feel for their design aesthetic. One of these designers was Jamaree Eiammanassakul.
I truly enjoyed Eiammanassakul's collection. Each look offered clean lines, a basic palette, great proportions and excellent tailoring. There is no doubt in my mind that the future is promising for this young talent. Below is a Q&A offering a behind the scenes chat with this up and coming designer that will offer some insight into her journey and this wonderful collection titled Minimalism meets Thai Spice.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
I was born and grew up in Thailand. I earned a bachelor degree in Interior Architecture from School of Architecture and Design (International program) in Thailand. I had worked as interior designer and held different jobs for a while before I decided to come to Vancouver.
I was an artsy girl. I liked drawing, painting, making stuffs also needle works.
I like dressing up - sort of "mix and not match" for some people - but I think it was okay, I enjoyed it. A lot of times, I would buy things that I liked and combine, alter, and/or decorate with other pieces to make "my own" pieces. My mom taught me how to use her home machine and eventually I took sewing class and basic dress making in Thailand. I started sewing things for myself, especially maxi skirts and dresses also bags which some of my friends asked me to make them custom bags.
|Images by Cyrus Wu|
My favorite part is designing, when I can let my imagination go as far as it can. There were frustrating situations when the time was coming and I still had problems with my projects. Most of the time, they were fabric issues which became problematic and I had little time to think about what was the best way to deal with it. When you are stressed out, it is hard to think straight or productively.
I do not have favorite quote, but from my aesthetic so far - "minimal is not simple". You can tell how plain "simple" looks compare to "minimal" which is well-designed. It requires a lot of thoughts to make minimal look "that simple".
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To see more of Eiammanassakul's work or to contact this designer, please visit her website at : www.j-amaree.com.
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