Getting to know: Australian designer Jemimah Carey

Jemimah's entry into the Sheepvention Young Designers Wool Awards, which won 1st place in 'Streetwear'.

Jemimah Carey has been working as a designer for almost 5 years now but hearing of her extensive experience, you’d be forgiven for thinking she’d been in the industry for 20. Currently working as a designer for one of Australia’s biggest fashion labels, Camilla, Adelaide girl Jemimah Carey didn’t always want a career in fashion. “I’ve had so many wildly different thoughts on what I’d like to do and I’m sure there will be changes in the future,” Jemimah says. “I have always had a strong love for design [and] I initially started studying industrial design but soon realised my calling was in fashion.”

An image from Jemimah's TAFE SA Graduate Collection 'Vertigo'

While graduating from an Advanced Diploma in Fashion Design and Technology at TAFE SA in 2013, Jemimah was offered her first design job at Australian Fashion Labels’ C/MEO COLLECTIVE as a Junior Designer/Coordinator. In March of 2015, she became Senior Designer at Finders Keepers the Label, still staying within Adelaide’s largest fashion house.

“Working at Aus Fashion Labels gives you the opportunity to experience a wide range of the roles and processes involved in running a fashion label,” Jemimah says. “The work varied from conceptualizing monthly ranges, following through with technical directions, working with offshore suppliers and finalizing the ranges with monthly look books and campaign photo shoots – the breadth of experience has been invaluable since.”

Finders lookbook image from when Jemimah was a senior designer at AFL.

But her experience at Australian Fashion Labels is just the very beginning of Jemimah’s career as a designer. At the beginning of 2017, Jemimah worked for Lee Mathews for just four months where she designed two international collections for showings at Paris Fashion Week.

“It was a really great experience to work for such a beautiful label as Lee Mathews,” Jemimah says. “Creating the ranges involved sourcing and working with amazing Italian fabrics, French laces and Japanese linens. It was really rewarding to see it all come together and to receive a great response from international buyers.”

Jemimah arrived at Camilla in August of 2017, where she currently works as the Designer for woven apparel. “It’s a very exciting and colourful place to work that encourages creativity with no bounds!” Jemimah says.

“Our collections are inspired by Camilla’s travels through different countries and cultures around the world.” And the team at Camilla are just as you would imagine. “I feel extremely lucky to work with a very talented group of people from graphic designers to patternmakers that work together to create these beautiful collections.”

Jemimah's sketches for Camilla.

While Jemimah’s days at TAFE may seem distant, her studies continue to help her as a designer to this day. “TAFE SA helped install a strong understanding of the technical side of fashion,” she says. “There is a strong focus on developing, patternmaking and understanding construction that I believe is invaluable to being a good designer. TAFE has taught me well and I am very glad I began my learning with a solid base.”

 After recently moving to Sydney, Jemimah has been working on her first collection for Camilla, which will drop mid-June. We’re pretty proud of this Adelaide girl and with the incredible experiences she already has, we’re excited to see where her fashion journey takes her next.

Follow her journey and see her updated work at jemimahcarey.squarespace.com.

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