“Falkor” headpiece ($236.72 US on Etsy)
I also love ‘Blade Runner! I don’t think my favourite sci-fi film of all-time has been made yet. I am, however, eagerly anticipating the new ‘TRON’ movie. Not for plot, but for the aesthetics and mood. I’d love to create designs for a movie, no genre restrictions.
What is it about the 80s sci-fi aesthetic that inspires you?
Other than geeking out on sci-fi, do you also listen to music while you work? If so, what are you listening to at the moment?
Where do I start! I’m constantly discovering new music and pumping it in the studio. It gives me energy, and satisfies my audio cravings. Right now I’m listening to Telefon Tel Aviv (I got permission from the band to use one of their songs in my F/W 2010 video teaser, Caribou’s “Kaili,” and LCD Soundsystem’s “I Can Change.” I’m also listening to some 1920s flapper music (makes me feel like I’ve got a gramophone in the studio). I love music so much that I create iMixes for each collection, songs that inspired the designs. I just released my F/W 2010 iMix and YouTube playlists.
For sure. We were encouraged to experiment across mediums during my painting degree, and my graphic design background has taught me a lot about presentation and communication. Both degrees were invaluable experiences, but it’s my experience after graduation that has taught me the most. Formal education is important, but so is learning for yourself in an unstructured environment.
I wanted to be an artist! Always have. I wasn’t aware of all of the different forms and areas of art and design when I was little, but being creative has always been at my core. I was lucky to have a family who encouraged this (my Aunt Joey is an artist in Vancouver).
I think it pays to be different. What were some of the ideas behind the art direction of your lookbook?
‘Elizabethan stormtrooper’ was the original concept, but was refined along the way when the ‘TRON’ influence grew stronger. I wanted to reference history, and simultaneously create a futuristic look. I chose to photograph the pieces on the model, as this not only communicates the mood of the collection, but also the scale of the pieces, something I couldn’t achieve through product shots alone. I’m adamant about showing diversity in my work – size, age, etc. -and was thrilled to pair with Ben Barry Agency for my shoot. Ben’s agency vehemently promotes size, ethnicity and age diversity in fashion. As a child and teenager, I didn’t see much diversity in mass-media fashion. It’s truly fulfilling to have a voice in the fashion realm, and to express my values through my work.
I’ll be playing with translucency for my next collection….
Describe Design + Conquer in three words.
Innovative. Powerful. Wearable.
“Bird of Prey” earrings ($86.39 US on Etsy, 20 % proceeds go to the Humane Society for their BP oil spill cleanup efforts)