Last week FAVOTELL attended Graduate Fashion Week, wanting to gain an insight into the inspirations and ambitions of the future's rising fashion designers.
Students from the Carmarthen School of Art in South Wales, Jordan Prileszky and Lian Cara discussed their work and future goals with FAVOTELL:
Lian Cara Poulson
What's the dream goal you'd like to achieve?
I’m currently working on a ready to wear collection whilst setting up my own business. The short-term goal is to start selling my designs online through my website, www.liancara.com. The long-term goal is to open a boutique where I can showcase my own work along with the work of other designers.
What are the main challenges for you as a fashion designer?
For me personally, one of the main challenges I have is sourcing fabric. Living in such a rural area, there aren’t many fabric shops around and I don’t always have the chance to travel to London to do so. It’s also finding fabrics that are suitable for my style of working; that work well with laser cutting and draping.
Who or what inspires you?
I come from a very rural area in Carmarthenshire, South Wales and I am lucky enough to have been brought up in the countryside. A lot of what inspires me is the natural textures and shapes that can be found in the Welsh landscapes. In my current collection, I have contrasted this with architectural influences.
Did you always want to work in the fashion industry?
Apart from wanting to be a spy when I was about 6, I’ve always wanted to make clothes. When I was younger and got my first sewing machine, I used to cut up my clothes just so I could sew them back together.
How do you think you can impact people’s lives with your work as a designer?
I believe that fashion is one of the most common forms of expression. It can say a lot about a person’s identity and how they wish to be perceived. I hope that my work allows people to express themselves to the world and gives them the confidence to voice their identity through fashion.