I have always been a creative. Even with no formal education in design (my Degrees are in IT – Information Technology), I have went on to design clothes that were worn by royalty and showcased on international fashion ramps. I am trying to think back to the first ever thing I designed, I think it was a set of peplums…beautiful detachable peplum dress accessories that framed the shape of a woman so beautifully… and this was back in 2014.
Subsequent to those peplums, the first time I ever designed a whole line was when my aunt, who was my talented seamstress, first came to live with me. I was my own muse at that time and the whole line turned out beautifully. I have always modelled my own clothes because my rationale has always been that I have to look good in the apparel I design, advocate for it through how well I wear it…then the rest would come easy. Meaning, it would be easy for people to buy clothes that I design if they saw how well I wore my own designs….genius, right?
One would have thought that the years after that initial line I designed would have been easier and one would have been totally wrong in thinking that. My job as a designer got more stressful yet more rewarding the more I progressed. The pressure of someone trusting me with their outfits for an important event in their lives would often get to me. I remember how I would always be a ball of nerves before a dress fitting with a client. Regardless of who that client was, it always felt like a moment of truth or even some kind of judgement day…dramatic, I know! I miss designing but I definitely do not miss the pressure that came with it.
If I were to ever go back to clothing design, I would definitely move away from bespoke clothing for it gave me so much fulfilment but it also took a lot out of me. I’m good, thanks…so, maybe I am not a designer. I shall however, remain a creative….through and through.