With an eye for fashion, art, dance, movies and music, Emily Daccarett is able to able to add a unique cultural flare to everything she creates. You can catch Emily, who is showing at this year’s Fashion X Dallas runway show beginning tomorrow, November 6th. Emily will be showcasing her fun, and ‘playful’ Spring/ Summer ’15 “Doll Valley” collection. We had the chance to grab a quick interview with the talented creator, to find out her inspirations and how she evolved into the amazing fashion designer she is today.
What goals have you accomplished that you are most proud of thus far, when it comes to your label?
I think having people recognize my designs without seeing my label first is what I’m most proud of. I don’t like to make my collections repetitive, but there is always something that unites each collection to it’s designer. I’m very proud of the recognition I’ve been receiving from my short films. My first fashion short “Je t’ai aime dans le Noir” was recently screened in London for The Smalls Film Festival Selection.
What do you think has helped you most with your designing to date?
The biggest impact on designing I’ve had was being able to study and work in Paris. My style is constantly evolving, but it was in Paris that I defined my design aesthetic.
What obstacles have you had to face and overcome to get where you are today?
I think one of the biggest obstacles I’ve had to overcome has been finding the confidence in myself as a designer. It’s such a big industry with such great talent out there that it’s easy to fall in self-doubt. When starting my brand I knew I had to put aside fear of rejection and just go for it.
What inspirations did you draw on to create this collection?
I was inspired by the movie “The Valley of the Dolls”. From its whimsical theme by Dionne Warwick to the colors used helped set the tone and mood I wanted to go with for fabric choices. I focused more on Sharon Tate’s character and began to create the story through the collection of the perfect flawless young beauty who appears to have no worries and carries herself that way, all the while harboring deep hidden secretes therefore never being true to herself. The use of darker colors, blacks and sheer fabric reflect on elements of film noir that play a big part in my short film for this collection.
How would you describe your process of inspiration? What do you do to keep your ideas fresh and interesting?
I draw inspiration from film and music. Sometimes I’m directly inspired by a movie or sometimes it’s an idea, which then I end up linking it with a movie. Once that happens I become somewhat obsessed with the concept and I begin to do research starting with that particular film’s history. I like to know who worked on it and their past projects, while I’m researching it becomes easier to associate different ideas to the initial concept.
I look to the past for inspiration, the 60’s and 70’s are my favorite, but I don’t like to restrict myself to that style. I like to mix different eras and genres together, while making them relevant to today and what women would like to wear.
If you could describe your new collection with one word, what would it be and why? What would you say the overall theme of this collection would be?
My new collection in one word would be “playful”. It’s not overly sexy or girly. It’s feminine, but at the same time there is edge to it. It’s dabs into each one of those characteristics, making the collection very “playful”. It’s a tease! The overall theme of this collection is fun and light hearted with it’s use of different floral prints and floral textures.
How did you start your design journey?
I had always known I wanted to be in fashion, at age nine I would carry a sketchbook of my designs with me everywhere I went. However, it was not until I moved to Paris to study fashion design that I began my evolution as a designer. It was there that I adopted my way of draping and pattern making as well as a different design aesthetic. I developed this love of not only designing a collection, but also directing fashion shows, styling for photoshoots, creating accessories, film, and music.