“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” – Coco Chanel
In the sky the North Star is always constant, a fixed position that has guided so many. In our world everything is moving, constantly changing, shifting, and with each move we interact with those who cross our path. The universe is always presenting us with opportunities yet some of us are not awake to recognize this and keep moving.
I came to a screeching stop when my stylist friend Cindy McKendry brought Northern Irish designer Shauna Fay to my attention.
So ladies, if you are planing something for Oscars, to Royal Ascot guess what the talented Shauna Fay can hook you up with style.
Here is the interview with Shauna Fay:
1. What got you interested in fashion?
It hard to explain but I feel like I was born with fashion in my blood, as I can’t remember not being into fashion. I don’t remember having that eureka kind of moment were I thought ‘I think I’ll be a fashion designer’ it was just always what I was going to be without a doubt in my mind. As a child I spent most of my time drawing dresses, my mother tells me about how I drew dresses on the wall or all over my mum’s books, I just drew everywhere and I still have some of them now and they are hilarious!
2. What or who were your inspiration?
When I was young we lived in a very remote part of the country, my mother used to sew and knit and I certainly think that inspired me, this was the beginning of seeing the beginning phases of fashion design and how things were made. I also used to love watching the annual Rose of Tralee contest here in Ireland to see all the gowns, I remember thinking “wow! I want one of my dresses to be on that stage someday!” As I got older I loved to watch Top Of The Pops to see what all the pop stars were wearing and The Euro-vision Song Contest was a big event and I can still remember costumes from it as far back as twenty years ago!
3.Where does your creativity for what you will design come from? Just pops in your head, dream, a film you watched etc.?
To be honest I think a lot of my creativity just pops into my head, I really enjoy just draping fabric on a stand and seeing what I come up with and I am always pushing my technical skills to the limit. If I get inspired by anything its usually old black and white films, women were so feminine back then and not afraid to be a woman. I’m a big fan of corsetry and structure in clothing and showing of the female form to its full potential.
4. What are some of the challenges you have faced?
The major challenges I have faced to date are the economic climate and working for myself. It can be tough when you have to make all the decisions yourself and are fully responsible for your collection and whether or not you get it right. Especially with the recession people aren’t willing to part with money for things they don’t really need, but I do believe that quality speaks for itself and a stylish one off piece or a designer piece is an investment.
5. What was the highlight for you in 2012, and what are your goals for the future?
My Highlight of 2012 was dressing a wonderful actress Jayne Wisener and a very successful model for the IN! Magazine glamour awards in November! A year ago I wasn’t very well known and I hadn’t been approached to dress anyone for these awards but it’s amazing what putting yourself out there, having some confidence and showing your talent can do! My goals for the future are to see my own range in some high-end boutiques, eventually go international with my collections and the all time dream is to see one of my gowns on the red carpet at the Oscars!
6. Do you have any favorite designers?
For me as an up and coming designer I have a lot of favorite designers who I love to watch and get inspired from. Old style Dior is iconic for me as it’s the style I remember most from my childhood and for me it epitomizes the woman. I’m a huge fan of the red carpet and personally it’s hard to find any fault with Elie Saab, the workmanship and skill involved in the gowns alone is amazing. Mcqueen, for me, is one of the major fashion designers, in my opinion their gowns stole the show at this year’s Golden Globes and their couture is always show stopping!!
7. If you could design something for the Oscars who would you like to see walk down the red carpet in your design?
This is a tough one but at the moment I would have to go with Anne Hathaway, a stunning, confident natural beauty, no airs or graces just a very talented woman who seems very comfortable in her own skin.