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Interview: Designer Eliza McCabe

Interview: Designer Eliza McCabe

| 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 a is a brand that brings with it an effortlessly chic look. The recent collection, ‘Yesterday Morning’ embraces a relaxed feel utilizing warm orange, pink and green tones all on a silk backdrop.

After McCabe’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.

Spring/Summer 14 'They're calling for me now'. Image from elizamccabe.com

Spring/Summer 14 ‘They’re calling for me now’. Image from elizamccabe.com

 

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 Nanna’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, it’s been a little scary following through with ideas that have come straight from my head. 

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Late summer 14 ‘yesterday morning’. Image from elizamccabe.com

 

CD: What has been the biggest achievement for you as a fashion designer?

Eliza: I’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.

Late summer 14 'yesterday morning'. Image from elizamccabe.com

Late summer 14 ‘yesterday morning’. Image from elizamccabe.com

 

CD: Finally, what advice can you give young designers wanting to break into the fashion world?

Eliza: Try not to let the ‘no-one-makes-it-in-the-fashion-industry’ story get you down. Take the risk.

To have a look at Eliza’s recent collection visit her website or check out her designs on ASOS Marketplace.