Name of Collection: Poetry of Dissection
“With this collection I explored my fascination with the form that all humans exist in till birth to death – a form that contributes to our identity and embodies the abstract. The visual focus was on certain parts of the body, in particular the ribcage. Exploring the ribcage’s negative and positive space led me to create this contemporary collection.”
Maria Lola Roche
When did you first start designing?
Painting and sketching was my first love. Art is my raison d’être – it led me to fashion design. I see fashion as a medium, a natural progression for me, a form of sculpture, possessing both limitations and limitlessness at the same time. I have been drawing as early as I can remember. My earliest memory of being interested in fashion when I was three when I exchanged my dad’s first teddy for a dolls dress and I tried to get it back with little avail. My granny was a dress-maker and had her own little studio in her home. When she died I was given her black Singer sewing machine and that’s when I made my first dress. Throughout my accounting degree and advertising masters, I studied part time in the Grafton Academy then I went back full time in Griffith College to attain a degree in fashion design.
How did you get involved in the ‘Designer for Tomorrow’ award project?
I heard about it in college a couple of years back but I saw you needed a degree, so the minute I graduated I applied.
How does it feel to be representing Ireland in the ‘Designer for Tomorrow’ award 2014?
Overwhelmed, still can’t believe that I am being nominated for the ‘Designer for Tomorrow’ award by Peek & Cloppenburg Düsseldorf and its online shop, Fashion ID. It means so much to me that I cannot say it in words. It confirms for me that if you follow your dreams no matter the sacrifices you have to make – everything in your life starts falling into place once you begin the journey. I am so grateful for the jury for nominating me in the Top 5 and giving me the opportunity for my work to go down the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin – pinch me, I must be dreaming!
Who are your main style influences? What national/international designers inspire you?
Many designers inspire me by how they have influenced movement – Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger, Karl Lagerfeld, Madame Gres, Schiaparelli, the list is endless. For my work I am inspired by poetry, other artists and writers – Jack Keroauc, Hemingway, Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, Francis Bacon and Frida Kahlo. Everything really. Change, music and romance of the unusual.
Who would you love to see your work styled on?
What are your thoughts on the rise of Irish fashion designers?
I think it’s a great thing as Ireland is known around the world for its artists.
What inspired your latest collection that is being judged in the ‘Designer for Tomorrow‘ award competition?
With this collection I explored my fascination with the form that all humans exist in from birth to death – a form that contributes to our identity and embodies the abstract. The visual focus was on certain parts of the body, in particular the ribcage. Exploring the ribcage’s negative and positive space led me to create this contemporary collection.This collection is haute couture and avant garde, not commercial in any way. I see them as paintings, crafted, full of imperfections and are solely created to inspire.
How does it feel to have such a prestigious panel of judges looking at your work for this award?
You really cannot get an international panel of experts as great as this in the world. It’s just unbelievable, what an honour. I literally jumped on my bed for an hour when I heard I was in the Top 5. I am completely ecstatic, totally beside oneself.
Who is your target customer?
The collection I have entered is my haute couture work and patrons, musicians, theatre and film directors would be my target customer. But my luxury commercial line would be people who would like music, interested in the arts, cultured – care for luxury, exclusivity, functionality and high quality.
What has been your career-defining moment so far?
International recognition from the world’s top experts in the field, most definitely yes.
What advice do you have for young designers starting out?
Don’t listen to any doubts, match your actions up with your passion inside and always believe in yourself. Trust your instinct and listen to it. Follow your dream…
What does the future hold for the Maria Lola Roche brand?
A great one…
Photos c/o Peek-Cloppenburg.de
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