Star Student to Fitness Fashion Designer

After showcasing her Evoke collection and being awarded the CLIQUE Mag Fashion Design Award, Lacey Ayres has graduated from her Advanced Diploma of Fashion Design and Technology and is now heading up to sunny Brisbane after landing a role as Lorna Jane’s assistant designer.

We chat with Lacey about her strong, yet romantic, graduate collection that combined various fabrics and techniques she picked up while studying at TAFE SA and how she feels about making the move interstate.

Where did you find inspiration for your graduate collection?

A trip to Melbourne with my mum in early 2016 was my inspiration for Evoke. I spent a few solid days fabric hunting, wandering the streets of Melbourne searching for a star textile, a fabric that stood out among others and that inspired me to create my graduate collection. After looking around, I finally found my fabric – a pink and black striped organza – and fell in love with the look and feel of the fabric. The strong lines, romantic colour palette and structured handle inspired my designs. I also knew I wanted to represent my personal aesthetic and myself, so I created countless mood boards of images I liked and drew from there.

What techniques and fabrics did you use to complete your graduate collection?

To compliment the organza, I chose several other textiles including mesh, silk dupion, suede and leather. I also used a mix of plain pontes and crepes. Then for something different, I sourced metal rings on eBay to create a skirt and incorporated laser cutting. I created my laser cut designs on Adobe Illustrator and used the machines at FabLab on Pulteney St, Adelaide to intricately cut black and metallic leather. It was such a cool feature to experiment with.

Describe the Evoke Collective girl…

I designed Evoke with a focus on bridging the divide between strength and femininity. So that’s the girl I envision, a girl who is strong yet soft and bold yet graceful. She is confident, beautiful and ever changing.

What did you find most valuable from studying at TAFE SA?

Studying at TAFE SA was so awesome because of my teachers and classmates. We were a tight knit group – we all got along and worked together so well. The course not only taught me the hands-on stuff but I am also confident with the theoretical and computer-based aspects as well. I feel like the three-year course gave me the opportunity to cover so many different areas of the fashion industry.

What are your plans now that you’ve completed your Advanced Diploma of Fashion Design and Technology (LMT60307)?

I have just accepted a job in Brisbane with Lorna Jane as an assistant designer. I am looking forward to moving interstate and can’t wait to put my skills to work.  

@laceyayres

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