Fashion Interview with Annesia Allie

Annesia is a creative leader & visionary. She services a diverse range of clients addressing their needs both domestically and internationally. Originally working in design, textiles, and sourcing, Annesia has been contributing her innovative talent to large fashion houses for over ten years and offers a dynamic range of aesthetic & skills. She is currently a full fashion service consultant.

In this month's interview, she gives us a look at what inspired her into choosing fashion as a career, what it's like working in fashion, as well as some tips for aspiring designers.


How Would You Describe Yourself as a Designer?

"Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.” – Gianni Versace.

I design from my experiences, travels, culture, architect. I feel you find beauty in every step of your journey and you turn that into fashion, you wear it and...

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Isaac Mizrahi and His Sources of Inspiration

Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi spins through a dizzying array of inspirations. He takes it from surprisingly varied places, anywhere from '50s pinups to a fleeting glimpse of a woman on the street who makes him shout "Stop the cab!"

This short video will give you ideas for capturing your own inspirations.

As you watch the video take a note paper and jot down anything that you find useful.

Reflection Questions

Here are a few questions to reflect on to make the most of the clip and what Isaac has to say. 

  1. What are the sources of inspiration he mentions?
  2. How does he find these sources inspire him?
  3. How could this apply to you?
  4. What is the key message you have taken from this designer's experience?



Never Run Out Of Ideas for Your Designs

One of the key steps in the design process is research. So it makes sense that if a designer masters the art of research then they will always be able to draw upon a rich mixture of valuable material to help inspire...

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Our Trip To Prato, Italy To Support Fashion Revolution

Fashion Revolution Week is the #whomademyclothes campaign in April, which happens at the time of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, where 1,138 people were killed and many more injured on 24th April 2013.

This week is focused especially on encouraging millions of people around the globe to ask brands, "Who made my clothes?" and demand greater transparency in the fashion supply chain.


Today, 22nd April, myself and fashion blogger, Tolmeia aka Tollydollyposhfashion  spent the day supporting Fashion Revolution in Prato, Italy, and in so doing hoping to play a small part in helping to change the fashion industry once and for all.

We headed for the design workshop of Tessa Moroder in the centre of Prato. Here we found quality Italian fabrics and handmade tailoring all manufactured locally. 

Prato remains one of the largest and oldest textile centres in the world. It began to specialize in wool textiles in the Middle Ages. This area became a modern industrial...

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Fashion Industry Secrets As Revealed By Alexa Chung And British Vogue

Watch the full-length documentary by Alexa Chung for British Vogue. She's guided by questions from the viewing public from all over the world.  Alexa investigates the fashion industry for you from the inside out. Rather than

Rather than a world that is frivolous, elitist and unprofitable, Alexa explains and proves to us that as an art form, an industry and most of all as a career choice, fashion can be underrated and holds masses of opportunity for anyone who wants to get involved.

This is a great documentary for anyone interested in working in the fashion industry.


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The Future Of Clothing

Watch this film to learn all about the future of our clothing by some of the world's most innovative fashion design companies on the planet to get their opinion on clothing and its future, including: heroes of sustainability, Patagonia; tech-clothing giants, Studio XO; sportswear icon, adidas; and Biocouture, a consultancy exploring living organisms to grow clothing and accessories.


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16 Year Old Aspiring Fashion Design Student Talks Us Through A Visit To The Gucci Museum Florence

designers Jul 07, 2016

Not only is Florence home to some of the greatest artworks in the world, it’s also home to one of the greatest designers in the world; Gucci. When Tollydollyposh was in Florence, she was lucky enough to be able to have a tour around the Gucci museum which is an archive from the beginning, right up to recent collections.

It explores the story of Guccio Gucci and is honestly a breathtaking display. You can get rather up close and personal with the designs too. 

This is a brilliant example of a student who has taken her time and effort to do some well thought out and well planned research towards her goal of being a designer of the future, so I thought I’d give you a little glimpse…You can see her full post here.

Research is a key part of the design process and a skill that all designers must master. If you want to learn about how to do fashion research then take our course. More details here.



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19 Year Old Designer's Entrepreneurial Spirit Helps Her

designers illustration Jun 17, 2016

Fresh from her days at the London College of Fashion, 19-year-old Leeds-native Megan St Clair Morgan is anything but your normal recent graduate. 

And because we were so impressed by her cool watercolors and fun fluid lines, we jumped at the opportunity to share this article with you —and we’re so glad we had the chance to show you her talents!

Read on for inspiration

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