Do you consider your work as an extension of your own identity?
This particular collection was deeply personal as I used my own body as the genesis. It was about an embracement of the self as a woman; designing for other women, and what that really meant to me. In the past, I never looked at myself for inspiration. I always looked at other women who I thought were ‘ideal’, whether it was the physical or the conceptual. So using my own body and creating my ‘ideal’ woman from scratch was a new experience. I always advocated loving one’s body and embracing the self as it is, but never really did that myself. Once I did, I not only felt better about myself, but also as a designer I was able to confidently progress in terms of what I wanted to say in my final collection.