Here's another interview piece from Worth. By David C. Wigley, one of our new designers.Describe your design style. What would you tell others about your designs?
My designs range from simple classic styles – tailored with a timeless quality – to more fashion forward pieces. I really love a strong structured tailored piece, something which has obvious architecture. But I always like to add handmade elements, whether its hand dyed fabrics, a draped element, or hand felted appliqués (as in this season).
Describe your intended audience. What kind of people would you want to buy your designs?
My clothing is for a customer who understands fashion, and wants more than just a trend. My customer is someone who appreciates fashion and invests in fashion.
How did you get into the fashion business?
I started in the illustration field. By way of events, I ended up studying fashion in college and I instantly fell in love with it. I always appreciated the ever evolving shape, the texture, the rigidity, and at the same time, the fluidity of cloth. It was something I instantly fell in love with. The more I was exposed to it, the more I loved it.
Why did you choose fashion as a career?
Quite simply, it was the only thing I was good at that I loved doing. It’s been my passion for a long time, and it just made sense wanting to do it for the rest of my life.
Who or what is your design inspiration?
I’m constantly inspired but everything around me. Architecture, other designers, nature, and even the way cloth falls can inspire me. The balloon hem pants from my fall/winter 2010/2011 collection were inspired by a woman’s pants that were too long, caught in the tongue of her shoe, and puddled around her ankles. I loved the tactile look of this volume being restricted into a tight cuff. I’m constantly inspired by what’s around me.
Currently, what's your favourite trend?
I’ve really never been one to follow trends. I feel that trends aren’t really such a ‘thing’ anymore. People are starting to develop such distinct styles now. I really love to see the creativity – how two people can wear the same thing but create two totally different looks.
Who is your favourite designer?
My favorite designer always has been and always will be, Alexander McQueen.
What is the one place you hope to bring your designs to?
One day I’d love to have my own Atelier. I’d also want my designs to be available to a wider market, but I’d always want to keep the exclusivity.
What's your favourite material to use for your designs?
I don’t really have a favorite material, but I try to only use natural fabrics. I love fabrics which have a strength and body to them. In the fall collection, felted wool was a huge focus, as well as the liquid-like bamboo rayon jersey. They are both really strong fabrics in my fall/winter 2009/2010 and fall/winter 2010/2011 collections.
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