Wings of Envy

We are pleased to publish our interview with Rebecca Flanagan – fashion designer from Dublin.

WoE:  Lets start from your short biography. Tell us a bit about yourself.

Rebecca: I studied Fashion Design at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. During my graduate year I was nominated for several fashion design awards and competitions. I was a finalist for the Persil Irish Fashion Awards in 2009 and later that year I went on to win the River Island Graduate Bursary award.

Companies, which I have worked for include the high street giant River Island, contemporary Irish fashion designer Joanne Hynes and the Irish Quinn and Donnelly label. I also interned with Katherine E Hamnett in London.

As a freelance stylist and I have collaborated with many established musicians, talented photographers, hair stylists and make-up artists. I am also the fashion consultant for the Dublin based company Kamalifestyles, whom I have also written articles for relating to style, image and the psychology of attraction.

WoE: Your life motto and dream?

Rebecca: Everything is happening so fast I have just been going with every opportunity I have gotten to launch myself into the fashion industry. I would like to have my own label but I wont embark on that venture until I have all the necessary experience I need to create a successful Fashion label. As for a life motto, I constantly remind myself to have fun with design and enjoy a balance of work, rest and play!

WoE: Your favorite fashion designer and style?

Rebecca: My style changes between seasons and I love exploring new styles and concepts. Some of my favourite designers would include Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Balmain, Maison Martin Margiela and Roland Mouret.

WoE: Do you think of fashion as a business or just a hobby?

Rebecca: Fashion has always been my career focus. As a designer and an artist I am excited by the ever-changing challenges that the fashion industry offers. I’ve learned a lot about the industry from my experiences and I am still finding that there is always more to be learned and discovered. Stressful as it can be, there’s never a dull moment!

WoE: Main source of your inspiration?

Rebecca: I don’t look at trends for inspiration; instead I look to find great fabrics and colours and create interesting shapes and textures. I work around a theme or concept, inspiring ideas for colour and material. I create a body of visual research through drawing, painting and photography and from there I use that work as the source for all things creative in the collection. For me, travelling offers endless sources of new and exciting research for my designs.

WoE: Your everyday style is…

Rebecca: I dress appropriately for an occasion; I would say my everyday style is relaxed. I love ethnic jewellery and clothes and I pick up many pieces on my travels. I like to wear things I’ve created or a vintage piece and team it with pieces from my own wardrobe.

WoE: What would you recommend to those wanting to be fashion designers?

Rebecca: It’s a competitive career from day one. There is huge competition to get into a prestigious college, there are the challenges within training to be a fashion designer in a fashion course and then there is the worldwide competition to get work. If you want to be a fashion designer you need to be a creative thinker, determined and extremely hard working, but most importantly you need to believe in yourself and your abilities.

Big thanks to Rebecca Flanagan
Photographer: David Frain
Model: Didi and Grace
Styling/Clothes: Rebecca Flanagan
Hair: Anna Curran
MakeUp: Daria Czajka

katex Said:

Very interesting interview and AMAZING photos!

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