Interview: Designer Eliza McCabe
Saskia Starck | On 25, Feb 2014
From studying fashion design at QUT to taking the leap and creating her fashion label, Eliza McCabe’s story is proof of the ever-growing fashion landscape in Australia.
e l i z aÂ is a brand that brings with it an effortlessly chic look. The recent collection, â€˜Yesterday Morningâ€™ embraces a relaxed feel utilizing warm orange, pink and green tones all on a silk backdrop.
After McCabeâ€™s recent showcase at the RAW artist exhibition in Brisbane, Creative Drinks caught up with the designer to hear about the world of fashion design through her eyes.
CD: What led you to get into fashion design?
Eliza: I had always loved creating things with my hands. I grew up sewing my own clothes from my Nannaâ€™s scraps, who gave me some direction in my completely self-taught trade. I never ever had cool style growing up, but once I found my own style and wanted to share it, I knew I wanted to make a career out of fashion.
CD: What has been your biggest struggle in branching out and creating your own label?
Eliza: I believe my biggest struggle has been the lack of companionship to bounce ideas back and forward with. I had this daily when I was studying fashion design, but since branching out on my own, itâ€™s been a little scary following through with ideas that have come straight from my head.Â
CD: What has been the biggest achievement for you as a fashion designer?
Eliza: Iâ€™d say the response of my first collection was overwhelmingly positive, with a buyer taking it overseas to a couple of fashion weeks to showcase.
CD: I know you recently released a new collection entitled, Yesterday Morning. What was your inspiration behind these designs?
Eliza: I wanted to create a collection that had a sleepwear feel, with relaxed and effortlessly chic pieces.
CD: Finally, what advice can you give young designers wanting to break into the fashion world?
Eliza: Try not to let the â€˜no-one-makes-it-in-the-fashion-industryâ€™ story get you down. Take the risk.