New Zealand Woman’s Weekly - - THIS WEEK IN... -

Meet the de­signer who’s oldfash­ioned and proud of it

The epiphany came when I saw a man sweep up clothes that had been dropped on the floor in a fast-fash­ion store in Lon­don. They were be­ing treated like rub­bish, there was no value placed on them. It was hor­ri­ble.

I had gone to Lon­don all gung-ho want­ing to work in fash­ion and I left after five years so de­mor­alised.

To me, getting dressed is the first lovely creative thing you can do in the morn­ing. You can take on the world if you’re wear­ing a nice frock. My phi­los­o­phy is you get to dress your­self for the day you are go­ing to have. You may have a hor­ri­ble meet­ing, but you can be wear­ing a fab­u­lous dress that makes you feel so much bet­ter.

I love re­ally beau­ti­ful fab­rics. Your body can tell when it is wear­ing a syn­thetic fab­ric and you don’t feel com­fort­able. I love clothes that fit prop­erly – any­one can look fan­tas­tic with the right darts and shap­ing.

I’m a true vin­tage and art deco fa­natic; I love that there was time taken when things were made – the qual­ity is amaz­ing and you can’t repli­cate that with to­day’s clothes. Which is how I got to be im­mersed in vin­tage fash­ion.

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