To be completely honest, I am so annoyed when people are inspired by the most obvious things. I hate to say it, but if I hear one more fashion designer say that they were inspired by flowers or a certain decade, I just might lose it. Therefore, I make it a priority to find the most unique, odd, or random things to be inspired by. That way, you become truly one-of-a-kind. For example, when someone says “Hey, did you see that military inspired collection?”, no one is going to know who and what they’re talking about because there have been literally hundreds of militant collections. But when someone says, “Oh my god, did you see that amazing psychadelic cowboy collection?”, everyone is going to know exactly what they’re talking about. That’s my goal.
As I said earlier, I really love finding inspiration in the outlandish and unexpected. So far, in my time here at SCAD, I have created mock fashion collections based on Jack the Ripper, the children’s book “Harold and the Purple Crayon”, Grimm fairy tales, and plastic surgery. And while my major may not be fashion design and therefore I cannot apply my unique inspirations to garments, I can still apply them to my hopeful career as a fashion show producer. To me, the whole simple white up and down runway, while a classic, is getting a little old. I hope to create completely one of a kind runways that no one will ever forget. Because the way I see it, so much hard work and dedication went into making the unbelievable collections that we see on the runways at fashion week that those amazing garments should be showcase in just an equal of a platform. While I know budgets can be an issue, there are still so many ways to create a memorable catwalks that parallel the collections. For example, I honestly believe that the Spring 2012 Louis Vuitton show would not have been nearly as breathtaking if the models hadn’t have been riding on a giant merry-go-round before taking the runway.
Tying this all back to inspiration, I just hope to one day be able to sit down with the designer I’m working with at the conception of their collection. Hopefully, I’ll be able to help them establish a completely original inspiration source that I can turn into a truly amazing runway show.
Favorite runway shows from Spring 2012 that inspire me:
All time faves:
Viktor & Rolf Fall 2010 (Models were dressed on runway)
Alexander McQueen Spring 2005 (Models were pieces in a giant chess game)