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Please share a bit about your journey to embrace fashion design as a career.
AAlthough I am in the beginning stages of establishing myself, I’ve always known that I wanted to pursue a career in fashion design. I’m a creator and can’t imagine a life where I’m not creating.
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How did you learn your skills? (self taught, where you studied design, etc.)
AI learned the bulk of my skills as a student at Ryerson University School of Fashion. This is where I grew into the designer I am today. I was coached on how to design functionally sound garments, while channeling personal aesthetic. This is where I developed strong skills in pattern drafting, custom couture, and how to construct advanced garments. I continue to learn by reading books and experimenting on my own.
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Who you are as a designer? Aesthetic? Customer? Brand?
AI am a passionate designer with a tough exterior and bold aesthetic. I create with my whole self and design unique garments to accentuate body shape as it draws attention to artistically defined silhouettes.

As a consumer, I buy what I like and do not think twice. As a brand, my goal is to encourage women to wear clothes that make them feel beautiful, brave, and confident.

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What comes easiest for you as a designer? What is hardest?
AThe hardest part of designing is thinking my technique could always be stronger. We’re always growing so the next collection will always be better, or more me. The easiest part for me is the whole process, just letting my passion guide my work ethic. Everything just flows for me when I’m passionate about my collection and the challenge of the next big opportunity.
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Where do you find inspiration for new collections? How important is colour to your design process?
AI find my inspiration for new collections in social issues that impact women and/or myself. My first collection, Body, was about dressing all body types in a way that flatters individual body shapes so everyone can feel the highest level of beauty and no self-doubt. The most recent collection, Bold, was about empowering femininity and strength – making power beautiful while creating total confidence.

Colour is not an important part of my design process, although it does fall hand-in-hand with the emotion and energy I create in my garments.

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Readers would love to know more about the current collection you showed at Vancouver Fashion Week. Can you describe it for us – aesthetic, fabrics, palette, silhouettes, inspiration, etc.?
AMy design aesthetic can be identified as exaggerated silhouettes. In my current collection, BOLD, shown at Vancouver Fashion Week, the large shoulders were inspired by women power suits while the tailored bodies, accentuated waists, and flared silhouettes symbolize femininity. The collection was made to relay the sense of bold and power, to take design details from traditional menswear and turn them feminine. BOLD is primarily made up of black silk jacquard and plaid wool with hints of pastel blue to add softness. The black and plaid fabric were used to add darkness and edge, while the motif of bows and enlarged shoulders are the main cues of power being beautiful.
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Do you have a favourite look in this collection?
AI actually do not have a favourite look in my collection. I have a favourite design detail: the enlarged shoulders. There is a beautiful boldness to the details in each silhouette that draws my entire collection together, which makes each piece equally favourited to me.
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What’s next for you as a designer and your brand?
AAs a designer my next step is to continue designing my next big idea, I am dedicated to quality garments and will continue to create expression and voice through clothing.
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What advice do you have for young fashion artists just beginning their journey to become designers?
AMy advice for young fashion artists just beginning this journey is to be confident in your designs, create what you want and don’t worry about other people’s opinions. You are a creator, you are creating a new aesthetic, consumers will learn to love it. There is a niche for everyone. Who knows, you can create the next trend.