Interview With EFWA Upcycling Designer Evan Clayton (Vancouver)

Share about the journey that led you to fashion design.

I've always loved fashion, but it wasn't until later in life that the calling came to me for design. I was very undecided in my teens and I almost didn't go to school for fashion. If I didn't get into Blanche than I would have gone for marine biology. Luckily for me, I did get accepted and I began my travels down the road of design.

I know you trained at Blanche Macdonald. Talk about the highs and lows of studying fashion design. What did you find easy? What was a challenge?

I loved every moment that I got to spend at Blanche. I came to the school with a definitive art background and little to no sewing experience. I found the technical aspects really challenging at first, but one day it all clicked together and I managed to finish the program. I really thrived in Peggy Morrison's classes, things like Fashion Awareness and Fashion History really excite me.

Who you are as a designer? Aesthetic? Customer? Brand? Etc.? Do you offer a new line each season, create custom work or both?

I have a very streamlined viewpoint. I like to think of myself as a maximal minimalist in that everything I do is very pared down, but still very extra. I create two seasonal collections a year and do a lot of custom work.

I am so thrilled to have you a part of the EFWA Upcycling Challenge by Marilyn R Wilson. Have you ever upcycled used garments before? If so, how?

I once did an upcycling challenge where I had to make a look out of bedsheets inspired by Balmain. I found that very easy because bedsheets are essentially raw materials!

Please share a little about your approach/inspiration for creating your runway look for this international show? What can the audience expect?

I didn't have a firm idea of what I wanted to make when I started thrifting for this challenge. I didn't want to have anything too specific in my head in case I couldn't find the raw goods I needed. With the materials I found you can expect something very country western influenced. I'm a cowgirl at heart.

What would you most like the international fashion audience to know about you as a designer and your brand?

I want my international audience to know that I am a strong tailor who sticks to his guts when it comes to inspiration.

What's next for you as a designer? What are your long term dreams?

I'll be showing my SS18 collection in Japan on October 20th and continuing the global expansion of EVAN CLAYTON.

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