I attended this years Art Insitute “Atelier” fashion show a few weeks ago, where graduates showcased their capsule collections. Laura Jackson’s mind-blowing collection opened the show. Slick, edgy and a good dose of sexy. Her garments were constructed entirely from Latex but with intricate details and tailoring. My favorite piece was the peplum jacket with detailed shoulders.
I managed to steal some of Laura’s time to pick her brains and find out more about her stunning collection.
Tell me a little about yourself. Where are you from and when did you realize you wanted to become a fashion designer?
I was born and raised in Toronto, ON. I had realized I wanted to be a fashion designer since I was 11, it was kind of one of those epiphany moments where I was never able to find clothing that I liked, and as soon as a started sketching I just knew that was what I wanted to be. Out of any amazing moment in my life, that is the one moment I was truly sure of anything. Since then I have never stopped sketching.
What was the first piece of clothing you ever designed?I
t was a corseted trench coat, my 2 favorite things combined, tiny waists and jackets. I still have the drawing!
Who is your favorite designer?
It’s a tie between Gareth Pugh and Christophe Decarnin while he was with Balmain.
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If you could design clothing for a celebrity, who would you choose?
Good question! That answer for me changes a lot but at the moment, Taylor Momsen.
What matters to you most as a fashion designer?
To always remain a student in my state of mind. There is always something to be learned and there is always going to be someone better then you, so might as well learn from everyone around you. With that idea in mind I believe is has made me wiser as a designer.
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You recently showcased your stunning collection at the Art Institute show. Tell me about that collection and the whole process.
The collection was inspired by galactic tribal. It’s funny because when I began sketching it started out being much more grunge tribal. But the more I sketched, the more contemporary it became, so therefore it still carried some tribal aspects but in a much more futuristic and geometric way. My designs are inspired more by shapes and texture, so it made sense for me to go off into that direction.
The process of creating it was definitely interesting, the whole collection was made out of latex so that means a lot of toxic glueing, and a gas mask. I had never worked with latex before this collection so I had to take a lot of precautions while putting all my pieces together. I couldn’t tell you the migraines I got from being around the glue and cleaners, the gas mask didn’t make an appearance until a week after I started glueing.
How did it felt to see your collection walk down the runway.
It didn’t actually hit me until 30 seconds before the show that I got super nervous, But I was so happy to see my garments open the show and all 3 girls come out together. Needless to say, it was an amazing feeling!
How would you define the style of your collection?
Edgy & Contemporary.
What was the most difficult piece to make?
The peplum jacket with the large shoulders, hands down.
What advice do you have for aspiring fashion designers?
Trust your design instincts and believe in yourself. you are not going to get anywhere in this industry by saying and thinking things like “I can do better then what I just did.” Stand by your work and always be open to learning.
What can we expect from your next collection?
Definitely more ready-to-wear but still containing latex elements and dramatic features. I want people to be able to incorporate pieces like these into their everyday wardrobe comfortably and still feel like they stand out.
How would you define your personal style?My style has 2 different sides to it. One being more grunge and relaxed with my 5″ dirty blonde roots with lilac and blue hair. The second being more contemporary glam rock, slim fitting, black, heavy accessorizing, and dusty coloured wigs. You will never catch me wearing heels 😉Where can readers find out more about you and your work?
Currently I’m building a website, but for the time being, you can check out some of my work on style junction.