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Interview: Millicent Elizabeth the Label


Interview: Millicent Elizabeth the Label

Mirna Taslidza

We interviewed SA designer showcase emerging designer, Millicent Elizabeth about her debut Spring/Summer 2014 collection, and her favourite things about being an Adelaide fashion designer. 

How was your label established?

I started last year over the summer break and launched this year in March, all from my studio at the Mill.

  Tell us a bit about yourself and your  background as fashion designer?

I have always been creative but started out in jewellery design and moved over to fashion design.

 What motivated you to establish your own fashion label?

I’ve have always wanted to start my own label, but the passing of my grandfather really put things in to perspective, ‘if you don’t start now, then when?’

What sparked your love for fashion?

For me, it was old 1950s films of Sabrina, High society and Breakfast at Tiffany’s of course!

You recently showcased at this years Adelaide Fashion Festival, what collection did you showcase?

I showcased my debut Spring/Summer 2014 collection.

  What was the inspiration behind this collection?

Architecture really inspires a lot of my work and this collection it was Visang House by Moon Hoon.

How did you get into fashion?

I started sewing lessons at Norwood Sewing School with Janet, and then went to TAFE SA and as they say the rest is history.

Where do you see yourself and label in 5 years time?

In 5 years time I am aiming to be stocked in Europe and in America.

 What has been your favourite or most rewarding moment to date as a fashion designer?

The most rewarding part so far was seeing my designs on the catwalk; it’s just the most exhilarating feeling.

Who is your favourite fashion designer and why?

Herbert de Givenchy for making Breakfast at Tiffany’s the iconic film it is today

Favourite places to go in Adelaide and why?

The New Guard, just a beautiful place to shop, it’s the complete experience.

 How do you cope with the pressures and demand of the fashion industry?

For me its not the pressure that the industry puts on you, it’s the pressure you put on yourself, to meet your own expectations and demands. The way I deal with pressure is going for walks, talking to others within the same field and having set times that you take a break, my favourite is going to Norwood burger on a Friday night.

 How long does it take to create a collection?

The six look collection I put together for Adelaide Fashion Festival took approximate 8 weeks but that’s full time 7 days a week

What is your favourite thing about being an Adelaide fashion designer?

The art cultural in Adelaide is fantastic as well as the culinary culture; it’s a great for a designer to draw from. The fashion industry in Adelaide is really up and coming can’t wait to see what happens in the next few years, its defiantly one to watch.

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