Hello everyone! We are back again with our weekly Q&A. Today we sat down with emerging fashion designer Laura Jane. Laura Jane Fashion ofers a creative shopping experience for those tired of familiarity. They aim to provide modest clothing from high quality fabrics that adapt to the wearer. With the expressive SS17 Transformer collection showcased at Africa Fashion Week we wanted to know more about the woman behind the collection.
What did you want to be when you were a child?
I had a couple of career goal in mind one of which was to be an optician because I loved going to the opticians and the other was just to make things. I didn't really know what the career was but I loved to make teddies and blankets.
Did you study art/design/fashion in school and how did you learn the skills you have today?
My most basic skills came from sewing in the summer holidays with my nan. I then loved textiles at school and went on to do a GCSE in that, progressed to an art and design diploma at college and then finally onto my Fashion Design Degree at UCLan.
What’s your proudest achievement in your career?
Definitely showcasing my collection at Africa Fashion Week London 2016. It was my first ever catwalk show and it made me so happy and proud to be the designer that I am.
Who are your favourite fashion artists at the moment and how did they influence your work?
My favourite fashion artist do vary but my top two are Chalayan and Mary Katrantzou. Chalayan because of his amazing imagination in making clothes become something more than just garments and I was influenced heavily to think outside the box with my transformer collection because of his work. Mary Katrantzou because of her amazing print work and I hope that one day I can create beautiful prints as she does.
If you could give your ten year old self one piece advice what would it be?
People will always be better than you at the things you do but no one can do you like you. In other words you may not always be the best in your field but you can bring something else to the table that no one else can.
What’s your advice be to those wanting a career in the arts industry?
I would say, never give up on your dreams. It is the hardest thing I've ever done but I couldn't imagine myself working anywhere else. If it's your passion, if you love it, Do it!