#ASKANASTASIA | Selecting Fabrics

Every Tuesday, Anastasia will answer a question that many of her clients what to know. Below is the question she answered today! 

Q: What is your decision making process in selecting fabrics and designing garments for your seasonal collections?

A: Well, it is a very long and involved process. The process usually starts with going to Premiere Vision in New York, which is a fabric show held twice a year in New York and Paris. At Premiere Vision they feature the latest trends, colors, and fabrics that the fashion industry projects will be in style. Fabric samples can be sent to you or you can order fabric samples at Premiere Vision to test them out. I like to see all the fabrics and color trends before I start the design process. Every season we have a basic collection that features garments like circle skirts and high-waisted pencil skirts. These garments are classic pieces that always do well no matter what the season. Every season, we come up with a handful of new designs. This year, our spring collection will include these new designs: a clear, yet colorful, raincoat; a matching razor-back crop top and gathered skirt; a denim midi-pencil; a purple knitted fit & flare dress; a razor-back sundress; and a boatneck wrap dress. Generally, we concentrate on classics and then update the silhouettes and fabrics to create a new style. We also like to do avant garde garments and ball gowns, which would be considered our “show” collections. I take inspiration from my personal life which would be what I am currently doing at the moment, what I am listening to, or places I am traveling to. I would say my designs are culturally influenced from the past and present. I find my inspiration and go from there. For example, I created the Black & White Striped Wrap Dress because Stuart Murdoch from Belle & Sebastian wears a variety of striped garments. After I find my inspiration, I pattern draft, drape, make a sample and then produce the garment.

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