Our featured artist this week is Sara Nimori
Sara is a fashion designer, creative inventor, and aesthetic style blogger from San Diego; studying communications at Moody Bible College in Chicago
Q: When did you first discover your passion for fashion?
A: I distinctly remember my mom letting me pick out a new fall wardrobe when I was seven. I chose several pheasant sleeve blouses and polyester flared pants (the style at the time). I insisted on wearing these dressier (and impractical) clothes while riding around the neighborhood on my scooter, and it wasn’t uncommon for me to get rips and holes in my clothing. Because I loved my flared pants too much to throw them away, I just kept mending the knees over and over. Those were some of my first alterations.
Q: What, about fashion, do you enjoy the most?
A: I love fashion as a tangible way to express my creativity. I was attracted to designing clothes because of all the arts I’ve tried (painting, drawing, weaving, jewelry making, origami, paper making and marbling, knitting and crocheting) fashion design seemed to have the most freedom and fewest rules.
This adorable bubble wrap skirt definitely shows that!
It doesn’t matter if a seam is sewn slightly crooked or a dress is constructed without a pattern…you just call it a ‘stylistic choice’ wink emoticon I’m often not a very patient artist when it comes to investing time in my work. I want to have a product in a few days (at least), so the fashion design I do best is usually without a pattern and constructed for a very practical purpose (i.e. I need something to wear for a weekend party).
Q: Where do you get your inspiration from? Is there a certain era you prefer to model your clothes after?
A: I love the 50s silhouette of a nipped in waist and full skirt, but it’s not very realistic for windy chicago weather (I don’t want to flash anyone!) I’ve been sticking to a uniform of various black essentials, with lots of coverage against the cold wind in Chicago. I wear pants a lot now, they make me feel confident and just a little bit more invincible against a tough city.
As for design inspiration, I designed what I wanted to wear in stores but couldn’t find. If that meant longer, more modest skirts and dresses, or outfits with cute and not cheesy patterns, or even just garments for girls with pockets–I try to be very intentional about how practical my clothing will be. It has to be something I have to wear, obviously, otherwise it doesn’t have any advantage over the normal garb sold in department stores.
Q: What has been your favorite creation thus far?
A: I designed a pink champagne sequin outfit. That sequined jacket was my favorite thing ever. I sold the entire look though!
Q: What do you hope to see more of in the world of fashion?
A: Hm….I always hope for more vintage, modest and dignified styles to come back into vogue. I’ve seen it happen with the midi (knee or calf length) skirt, which is refreshing since finding clothing of that length five years ago was impossible. Ultimately though, the fashion industry and its trends are about risk and expression by pushing the boundaries as far as they can go. So I can’t really expect any modest style to last in stores for that long.
I think it’s up to us, as the consumers, to hack fashion into a creative expression that represents who we are. For me, that means cultivating a classy and respectable image, and I can do that regardless of what the next trend may be.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring fashion designers?
A: I would say get hands-on experience in the industry before committing to fashion as a major. This can look like volunteering backstage for fashion shows, and interning for other designers. I took advantage of Craigslist ads; none of them were paid, but I had some great experiences, like working with a designer and winner from Project Runway.
Fashion, design especially, is an incredibly expensive, demanding, and exhausting academic path for many; fashion school isn’t easily affordable and shouldn’t be pursued unless your talent has been affirmed by others and you’re willing to face the challenges of a starving designer.
That said, get as much exposure as possible–set up a website to showcase your work, get professional looking business cards and social media accounts so people will remember you, get involved in local fashion shows. It’s hard work and not for the sensitive ones. This industry can be harsh and catty but the work it produces is beautiful.
Get more inspiration from Sara Nimori at her Website: http://saranim.com