Canada’s Breakthrough Designers Finalist Q&A: Academy of Design at RCC Institute of Technology
Today’s finalist Q&A presents Sel Unson from the Academy of Design at RCC Institute of Technology in Toronto.
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1. What is your biggest achievement or what are you most proud of?
I would say that my biggest achievement is my graduate collection because it is a testament to who I am as a designer and to how far I’ve come since my decision to switch careers from pharmaceuticals to fashion.
I started studying fashion design in July 2012 knowing virtually nothing about the craft. When I joined the Academy of Design, I came in armed with just a pair of listening ears, an open mind, and an appetite to learn. In a year, I was equipped with the skills needed in the industry and in 3 months I was able to put together a collection that can be described as conceptual, artistic fashion with a flair for textural elements and architectural silhouettes.
2. What’s your first memory that involves fashion?
It’s hard to pinpoint a specific time when I was really involved in fashion because as far as I remember I have always been sketching figures and dressing them up. My designs were heavily influenced by anime in which the clothing styles are over the top. I enjoyed it because it lets my imagination go wild, which, when you’re a kid is a real treat.
3. Current trend you love?
I love texture and I love the idea of putting dimension to flat fabrics and letting that technique stand on its own. This trend on fabric manipulation, whether it is in the form of laser cutting, 3D printing or unconventional stitching, is something that I find fascinating. Within my own graduate collection, I blended in elements of texture through fabric manipulation.
4. What might someone be surprised to know about you?
What people might find surprising about me is before coming to Toronto to study fashion design, I designed jewelry. I took 2 workshops on beading and wiring with the intent of making jewelry for myself. Surprisingly, when people noticed it, they started commissioning pieces for themselves and the jewelry business started to grow by word of mouth.
Stay tuned for next Tuesday’s Q&A post where it will all be about Montréal’s École supérieure de mode’s finalists.
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