EFWA 2018 Upcycling Challenge Interview With Marcia Hobbs of Barbwire Noose

Please share a bit about about the journey that led you to embrace fashion design as a career.

Fashion for me has always been a reflection of being and feeling. As a teen I found myself altering garments to suit my personality, looks or mood. Flattering the figure and feeling good in your skin is a must. My passion, evident as a teen, is still there today and my designer direction has flourished in leaps and bounds since trademarking Barbwire Noose® Clothing in 2004 – 2005.

I know you are working on your MBA at the Australian Institute Of Business and In the process with TafeSA regarding Cert II in Fashion Design. Talk about the highs and lows of studying. What do you find easy? What is a challenge?

I currently hold a Cert IV in Small Business Management, Cert IV in Counselling and am a Fully Accredited Swim Teacher studying my MBA at the Australian Institute Of Business with sights on my Certificate II in Fashion Design. As a Uni level academic, I find study generally easy, but with challenges at the same time. Always eager to learn, I believe with my current skills, studying Fashion will be my next progression so I can take my couture line worldwide.

Who you are as a designer? Aesthetic? Customer? Brand? Etc.? 

My label BARBWIRE NOOSE® includes clothing and accessories crafted with a personal and it is proudly Australian owned. Organic materials are an option on several products. I am active both locally and globally on important issues and donate to support projects with the same objectives of my initiative - 'A Better World™'

Do you, or do you plan to, offer a new line each season, create custom work or both?

My brand - Barbwire Noose® Clothing trademarked in 2005 - offers Lifestyle casual wear seasonally alongside custom and High Fashion by design Couture.

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

As a teen I upcycled many of my garments, adding my own individual flair from little additions like beads and ribbons. To cuts and redesigning to flatter my figure.

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

My inspiration comes from my past 4 years as an assistant to the police regarding gang behaviour and domestic violence challenges. Using honourable, outdated service shirts, the audience can expect a gorgeous, strapless ball gown crafted using the form of the discarded uniforms.

What would you most like the international fashion audience to know about you and what you offer (or hope to offer) the world of fashion?

That my life and label is dedicated to being a light creator for ‘A Better World’ with my Mission, Vision and experiences sculpturing my creativity in design.

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

Sydney Retail Festival is next, with the long term goal of having a Charitable organization stemming from my label to form part of the ‘A Better World’ inspiration.

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