Saturday, 23 May 2009

Miss Unkon

Recently I caught up with Brisbane's newest design talent Courtney Meyer to discuss her creative world and her SS 09/10 collection titled 'The life of a colourful lady"

1. Describe yourself in a sentence.

A girl that loves to be colourful, creative and passionate and loves to be a little over the top!!!

2. What is the first thing you ever designed?

I designed a lot of clothes for the shared little dolls and barbies with my sisters. But the first thing I designed and made for myself was a skirt and top when I was 12. It was rather hilarious. It was bright purple from a scrap piece of fabric I found. I made my own pattern, then created these little tabs that could be snapped into the side of the skirt so you could have two types of skirts. My grandmother took a photo of me wearing it and always kept it on her mantle piece. She and my family were so proud.

3. How was your label conceived?

Miss Unkon was created out of my passion to create a brand that makes a difference to people’s lives through being colourfully creative. As a self taught designer, Miss Unkon launched in 2008. I met this amazing girl Taree Birse at RAFW last year when volunteering and everything just propelled since then through hard work, determination & passion.

Unkon is the shortened word of Unkonventional in german spelling. My father’s background is German and our essence is be passionate, and create something a little bit different and exciting.

4. Describe your labels aesthetic.

Fun, creative, sparkling and fashion that tells a story and makes you want to get up and dance. For a girl that loves to be unique and create her own style and reflects where she is at in love, life and her career.

5. Tell us about your current collection.

The collection is called “The Life of a Colourful Lady” and is a dedication to my beautiful grandmother who passed away last year. She was a lady that always lived each day with colour, passion for life, adventure and just loved fashion. Her stories inspired me with beautiful and vibrant memories which influenced me on this fashion journey. The show is a representation of her essence and a way of life that we can all live by.

6. Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Inspiration comes from everywhere, art, movies, young fabulous girls, vintage. A lot of the times it will be little things I see, memories and fashion I see in my dreams. I also see a whole story, like a movie in my head and then I want to create that story into a fashion style

7. What is the best thing about what you do?

I love creating with the beautiful Miss Unkon team – Nelly pro photography, Becca Gilmartin for the amazing hair and make-up, Taree my amazing assistant, Jesselle management !!! I love turning all the ideas into real life and creating the visual story with the photo-shoot. Having the opportunity to create with such amazing talented people who are so passionate brings such excitement and appreciation to everyday!!

8. What are you working on right now?

We are starting to design for A/W next year. We also support the amazing Amira Project charity Princess Parties which is an inspirational and informative event designed to enhance the self esteem of young women. So we are doing whatever we can to support this amazing event.

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