While we wait for the judges to reveal their favourite designers for Flaunter Emerging 2018, we catch up with a few of last year’s promising designers to find out what they’ve been up to in the last 12 months.
Today we chat to Gina Snodgrass, a UTS alumni who’s clearly found her feet in the fashion industry since graduation with multiple awards, a fashion week runway and an online store already under her belt. We can’t wait to find out what’s next!
HOW’S LIFE AFTER GRADUATION? ARE THERE ANY STANDOUT MOMENTS?
It has been a pretty busy year with lots of adjusting, learning and figuring things out! It’s quite a big shift from studying fashion within a safe little community with your friends to suddenly being an emerging designer or fashion professional working within a much bigger industry.
Stand out moments would be showing my collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia as a St George NextGen designer, launching my online store and winning the Emerging Designer category and overall Supreme Award at the Fleece to Fashion Wool Awards.
WHERE ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING? WHAT DOES YOUR DAY TO DAY LOOK LIKE?
Currently, I am working at JH Cutler Bespoke Tailor and Shirt Maker. There is a focus on creating entirely handmade custom garments to an individuals exact specifications and with the highest standard of materials and craftsmanship.
In a day I will usually work on one aspect of a suit at a time such as padding canvas or hand embroidering labels. I enjoy becoming fully engrossed in whichever process I am working on. I spend the rest of my time either working on my own pieces for my online store or freelancing for other Sydney based labels.
WAS THERE A DESIGNER OR ARTIST WHO INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A DESIGNER YOURSELF?
As a child, I remember my Nana making her own clothes and thinking that was very cool. Throughout my studies, I always looked up to designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen who use fashion to challenge ideas and protest about current social and political issues.
WHAT’S THE ONE THING YOU WISH YOU COULD GO BACK & TELL YOURSELF ON YOUR FIRST DAY OF UNI?
Uni is a really unique environment where you can push boundaries and experiment as much as you like without people questioning it or worrying about commercial viability. I would tell my old self to worry less and have more fun with it.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT OR A TIME YOU WERE PARTICULARLY EXCITED ABOUT SOMEONE WEARING YOUR DESIGNS SINCE GRADUATING?
While I am proud of a lot of the things I have achieved since graduating, my proudest moment would definitely be watching the band Cub Sport perform wearing Gina Snodgrass pieces. They are a band I have liked for a long time and actually listened to a lot while I was working on my graduate collection so it was a really special moment being able to see my pieces worn on stage. I’m actually working on some custom pieces with them for the ARIAS later this month which is really exciting.
WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH FLAUNTER EMERGING DESIGNER SHOWCASE? WHAT WAS THE BEST THING YOU GAINED FROM IT?
I was chosen as one of the Australian Fashion Council’s emerging designers ‘Faces to Watch’ featured online via Flaunter. This lead to being advanced through to the final round of the St George NextGen Project which I ended up being one of four winners selected to show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia 2018.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?
At the moment I am really excited to keep on learning and expanding my skills. I can’t wait to see where things take me but I can a feel a move overseas happening somewhere on the horizon.
NAME YOUR BIGGEST INSPIRATION IN THE INDUSTRY: Palomo Spain
FAVOURITE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS THAT WE SHOULD BE FOLLOWING: @artgarments, @rocococeane, @decorhardcore, @coco_pinkprincess
FIRST GARMENT YOU EVER MADE? A dress for one of my toys.
YOUR BRAND IN 3 WORDS: Fluid, Tailored, Liberating
Find and follow Gina and her work on Instagram @gina.snodgrass or her website ginasnodgrass.com
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