Emerging British Talent: Q&A with ROSIE WHITTAKER
After filming backstage with the Blondie Media crew at Ravensbourne Graduate Fashion show June 2014, a few of the young designers work really stood out to me and I can see a shining future ahead for Rosie Whittaker.
Here’s a quick Q&A with Rosie discussing her style inspiration, her time at Ravensbourne and what she thinks about trends along with some images from her collection.
When and what cultivated your passion for fashion/design?
What or who inspired you to study design/ fashion?
I’ve always been a more creative rather than academic person, but I think my interest in fashion design came from my mum, when I was little she used to draw girls in princess dresses for me to colour in, that’s probably where it started.
How has Ravensbourne aided you for the industry?
I think working to live briefs and having to meet tight deadlines in the second and third year has helped me prepare for working in the industry. Also putting on our graduate show was like running a business as although we had help from our tutors a lot or the organisation was left down to several of the students including myself.
What are your hopes for the future?
I love London, but I would like to work abroad someday.
What inspired your collection for your graduate show?
My collection was originally influenced by the Hopi people a tribe from Arizona, their Kachina costumes share similarities with Las Vegas showgirls in the fringing and beadwork. I wanted to combine traditional and modern influences to create the new ‘Native American Showgirl’ a woman who isn’t afraid to be a little daring.
What is your favourite material to work with?
I don’t really have a favourite material; I’m a bit of a magpie I am drawn to anything that sparkles.
Is there an area of fashion you would like to specialize in?
I really love film and theatre, and would really like to experience designing costumes for the stage or screen.
What does fashion mean to you?
It is just about wearing what you feel good and confident in.
How would you summarise your own style in four words?
Vintage, Red-head, Coco-mademoiselle
Which piece of clothing couldn’t you live without?
I don’t really wear it very often, but I have a beautiful 1920s forest green swing coat from a vintage shop back home called Pepper Lane vintage.
Do you think you follow trends?
Not really, it’s hard to when you don’t have any money.
Where do you like to shop?
I like to wear a lot of vintage clothing, I love rummaging through charity shops and I’m slightly addicted to eBay.
Which outfit in your wardrobe makes you feel confident?
My 50’s style navy polka dot dress
Which season do you feel more comfortable?
Winter, a lot of my wardrobe is black, and I love nothing more than a good coat.
Who’s your style inspiration or icon?
Find Rosie on Instagram: @rosieelizabethwhittaker
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