Interview: Alice Nightingale Designs
Cecile Blackmore | On 23, Apr 2015
Vintage-inspired designer Alice Nightingale is one of Brisbane’s greatest fashion assets – we chat with her about her adorable new winter line and the benefits of buying handmade.
Alice Veivers is the busy pair of hands behind Brisbane label Alice Nightingale. Alice began her line of quirky, elegant ladieswear in 2009, producing small quantities of handmade garments, which were quick to worm their way into the Etsy baskets of lovers of retro and the romantic. Today, Alice’s collection includes daywear, lingerie and swimwear, lovingly made by Alice and a small team of creatives.
Alice is a regular at festivals, the Finders Keepers Markets, and will be releasing items as part of the Fashion Revolution Day Pop-up Shop – a Brisbane event celebrating handmade and ethically produced fashion – more info here.
CD: Your new winter collection, “Little Love”, is divine – what inspired your process?
AN: This seasonâ€™s inspiration started as the idea of a 1960â€™s schoolgirl and grew from there! My duck drawings were based on some lovely fellows who flew into my backyard last year, they had little smirks on their faces and were just too cute. My friend suggested turning them into a print and the rest is history!
CD: What do you think is the biggest appeal of buying handmade over mass-produced?
AN: Individuality and quality are the main elements of my handmade label. Iâ€™m always aiming to provide my customers with garments that will not only last longer than mass produced fashion, but also tell a story.Â
CD: You often interact with customers face-to-face at markets, and more recently, your first yearly garage sale. What’s it like being the “face” of your own brand?
AN: Oh gosh. I love being at markets and meeting new people, it also helps me improve my garment design and construction to see how people feel in the dresses! Being the face of the label is definitely an idea that has slowly grown on me. Iâ€™m very lucky to have the opportunity to wear crazy outfits and be myself but Iâ€™m not quite comfortable with the idea of becoming a keen selfie taker just yet!Â
CD: You’ve recently branched out into undergarments as well – did you encounter any challenges that you don’t while making clothes?
AN: I must say Iâ€™ve become addicted to making lingerie. Itâ€™s very involved and fiddly but itâ€™s also the perfect side project at the moment! The process is so rewarding, Iâ€™ll often work on the lingerie line over the space of a few days when I need a break from dresses!Â
Quirky and retro! Iâ€™m very much a daywear designer and generally fail at dressing for evening events. My wardrobe is a colourful mess of dresses, cardigans, big earrings and cute clogs!