How did you first get involved in fashion?
I knew, growing up, that I loved art, but I didn't want to be a struggling artist. I wanted to work in a field where it was possible to get a job. Little did I know that I would become a struggling artist. I love fashion; there is nothing I love to do more, despite the fact that the success has not come as quickly as I'd like. I know that God has a plan and purpose and His timing is better than mine so I will continue to work on being patient. I am really blessed that I actually get to do something that I love to do.
From where do you draw inspiration for your work?
Music is a huge inspiration for me. I like to pretend, while I am sketching, that I am strutting down the runway to a certain song. This is when I am inspired to design something that matches with the vibe of that song. Oh yeah, shoes are a huge inspiration too. I like to find a great pair of shoes and design a slammin' outfit to compliment them.
What sort of design techniques/styles do you most like working with?
When designing, I find that draping works best for me. The fit is better and looks more like my sketch when I drape.
Are there any artists/designers whose work you admire?
I am a big fan of Vera Wang. I've always wanted to work with her. Her work is truly beautiful and classic. Now, she is widely known for her bridal wear and I don't do bridal yet, but just you wait; it will happen! One step at a time, baby.
Any previous fashion achievements that you are most proud of?
I try to evolve every time I make a new collection. It shows my growth as a person and as a designer to change things up a bit. Last year in April, I was asked to be apart of Fashionberry Online Magazine. It was a great honor. I also received an award for being the best new designer in the USA ... Oh wait, that hasn't happen yet, but oh it will.
Learn more about Jayelle Couture at: http://www.jayellecouture.com/
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