Transform and Empower - Fringe & Epaulette
Fringe & Epaulette
How did you get into fashion design?
At 13 years old I decided I wanted to be a fashion designer and was accepted into the High School of Fashion Industries where I majored in fashion design. By my senior year, however, I decided not to pursue fashion as a career. I had lost my passion for it, and couldn't picture myself doing another 4 years of design school. It wasn't until after college when I started making my own costumes for Burning Man that I felt inspired to create again.
Getting to dance in beautiful outfits at festivals around the world really inspired me to start my own clothing line. In 2015 I launched Fringe & Epaulette, a fashion brand that specializes in limited edition and made-to-order transformative couture for men and women.
As a designer, what are your major influences?
When I design, I always think about what's going to photograph well since my husband Gilles is also the photographer/creative director for Fringe & Epaulette. As a photographer/designer duo, we have the opportunity to mix epic travel photography with beautiful fashion. New designs I release are usually based on where we plan to travel. My brand motto is "Make Your Life An Art Piece" so our goal is to mix awe-inspiring fashion with amazing imagery and encourage others to add beauty to the world.
What is your design philosophy?
Designing garments that transform my clients and empower them to reach their full potential.
Tell us about your recent Goddesses of Gaia collection
My latest collection, Goddesses of Gaia is part of an inspirational photography project my husband and I just started. Our creative team will travel around the world shooting empowered women in awe-inspiring fashion in epic locations for an inspirational series on manifesting your divine feminine. Once we have enough goddesses, we will print a Goddesses of Gaia tarot deck.
Do you have any particular favourites from this collection?
The white fringe dresses - the white fringe looks amazing flowing in the wind.
What are you currently working on?
My husband and I will have our wedding ceremony this year at Burning Man so I'm in the process of designing outfits for us and our bridal party. It's also my busiest time of the year so I'm working on a lot of custom orders for summer events and music festivals around the world.
How do you design clothes that empower?
Transformative couture is the slogan for Fringe & Epaulette and I try to design garments that make my clients feel special. You're more likely to push yourself out of your comfort zone if you know that you look fabulous. If people are staring, it's not because they're judging you, but because they appreciate your wearable art. A lot of my clients tell me they've met so many new friends because someone would always come over to comment on their outfit. If you constantly have positive experiences like this, then you're more likely to believe in your own awesomeness and not shy away from making new connections.
What can we expect from Fringe & Epaulette over the next few years?
Next year I'll become a nomadic fashion designer and my husband and I will travel around the world, visiting a new country every 3 months. I want to incorporate elements of each indigenous culture I experience into a new design. The material will be sourced locally and the design(s) produced by local seamstresses. For each country visited, I'll write a travel blog and give my followers a glimpse into my creative process and experiences in each destination.