Much has been written about it, but I have never read anything on exactly how to succeed in this seemingly magical world of clothes. First and foremost do you love fashion and design? I don’t mean do you love going to the mall to shop for pretty clothes. What I mean is do you study every aspect of Vogues September issue, do you feel a real Inspiration while watching movies, reading books and even just doodling in your sketch pad. Do you watch in the street for someone wearing something special, not a designer item but something even more beautiful. Something different born out of the wearers sheer desire to express their personality, after all this is the very birthplace of great design.
Yves Saint Laurent once said “Dressing is a way of life” I think this is also true about Fashion Design. It is a way of life one that can take you to the most beautiful places, but long before you get to the beautiful places you must work on your craft with the precision of a surgeon. I am often asked how do you know what you will design for the new season? Really, I don’t always know but I trust that the ideas will come, because they always have. Don’t get me wrong, they don’t always come easily, after all Fashion has its mystery that cannot be defined.
I believe very strongly as has been proven in my life that the spoils will always go to the person who works the hardest and of course the person who wants it the most, not as commonly thought to the most talented person. Talent is of course essential but equally as important is discipline, one is useless without the other. I didn’t know this golden rule when I began to find my way as a designer.
This is what has prompted me to write. I want to speak to the future designers and even existing designers about what I wish I knew then and what I continue to learn during my journey.