Flaunter Emerging Class of 2017: Spotlight on Elysia Tassis

Elysia Tassis is an emerging designer with that rare, unfakeable, cool factor. Her collection submitted for Flaunter Emerging 2017 is effortless and unapologetic – and one we were keen to find out more about. Here, we take a closer look at Elysia’s “Club Fantasy” and learn about her plans for life after Billy Blue College of Design.

 

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO STUDY FASHION?

It really felt like the only thing that I was passionate about. I went to university for other degrees and nothing felt right until I started at Billy Blue for the Bachelor of Branded Fashion Design. I loved the process of creating an outfit from an early age and being able to dress in a way that reflects your mood. I love the DIY aspect of fashion as well, its really hands on and being able to see your vision come to life is so satisfying!  

CAN YOU EXPLAIN A LITTLE ABOUT THE CONCEPT BEHIND YOUR GRADUATE COLLECTION?

The S’S 18 collection titled “Club Fantasy” offers a vibrant fantasy land for people to explore their individuality without having to conform to societal pressures. Inspiration comes from the 80’s Club Kids in NYC who had a DIY approach and challenged popular notions of gender.

WHO ARE YOU DESIGNING FOR – WHO’S YOUR TARGET MARKET?

The Idle Hands customer is an urban young creative who is independent, progressive in their way of thinking and open-minded. They express themselves through their clothing choices and aren’t afraid to be different. They appreciate well-made, good quality clothing that will last.

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WHAT IS THE FIRST PIECE OF FASHION YOU EVER LOVED?

That’s really hard to say! The first thing I remember are probably these pair of ballet flats I had when I was about 4 and they were embellished with multi-coloured sequins all over. I was obsessed with them and when I finally grew out of them I wouldn’t stop talking about how great they were. My parents couldn’t find a pair again until about 6 years later when I was 10 – it was the best surprise ever!!

WHERE WOULD BE YOUR DREAM PLACE TO WORK AS A DESIGNER IN THE FUTURE?

100% Japan. I’ve been there a few times and felt incredibly inspired whilst I was there. I love all the street style and seeing all the emerging designers coming from there. South Korea is also really great! They are very on trend over there it can be hard to keep up with!

NOW THAT YOU’VE GRADUATED, WHAT’S NEXT ON THE CARDS FOR YOU?

I’ll continue designing, improving my skills and just focusing on my brand and taking it to the next level. I’m also hoping to move to Japan in 2018 and I’ll see what happens from there!

 

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Find and follow Elysia on Instagram at @idlehands_official.

Image credits: Photographer –  Natalie McKain, Model – Shirleen Beverdige