Fashion has always been very important in my family. Growing up, my parents would dress up for art auctions and gallery visits for my father’s work. We weren’t wealthy, but my parents always dressed very well. I remember my mum telling me that she would save as much money as she could from work to buy fashion; it was something that made her happy rather than an obligation to dress up. I think that was when I really started to understand what the word Fashion meant. It was and still is something that makes me happy, something I have fun with and is never forced.
Growing up, I studied fine arts and eventually wanted to try something that felt less planned, something that I could have fun with. The first thing that came to mind was naturally fashion, so I went with it. My collections have always been very personal. I express myself through design like I used to with painting. Art has always played a big role in my life and has now become a part of my being.
My collections usually start with a single spark of feeling, it might be a word, an image, a sound, a random note that I wrote down. It’s always something that sparks a memory and causes an instant reaction. I then create mood boards, make prints, play with different colours and fabrics and silhouettes. The final collection comes together to echo that initial spark.