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Bo carter

interview

Harvey Nichols

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oration and Interpretation

Exploration - Re-establishing an era

Glitched - Con

formity meeting futuristic

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T any-one? urges the

individual to

question the norm and

routines of life.

journey in

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Find-

ing one's unchanneled spaces. Beauty is how we interpret and go onto

express our differences.


Bo Carter is an advocater of individualism and channelling what makes a person unique. Clothes can represent chracter, it embraces the parts of a person’s individualism which is there to be appreciated- and shared. To hide away and blend in with conformity of trends acts as armour to the self as a form of protecton. But who are we really in battle with, is it not ourselves?

1) Do you think that Leeds is a good place to be a designer? I don’t think it matters where you are; any place is good to be a designer. I love Leeds, it’s my home, and the people here are great.

2)

There’s not that many independent business’s at the moment, there’s less and less which a big shame. But I wouldn’t see them as competition I see them as friends; we are all different designers so there’s space for everyone.

3) What is it that you particularly love about the city? It’s the people. It’s also an interesting place, a challenging place. I like challenges so I guess that’s why I like it here. There are lots of creative people here; sometimes you don’t see it straight away.

4)

Where are your ideal places to shop here? Only my shop (she laughs) I make my own clothes. I like independent shops, Indie shops.

5) Do you think it's important for independent designers or students to take advantage of local shows and events? How did you get into the fashion industry? I star ted at Leeds fashion show, that’s how I star ted out, it’s a great oppor tunity. It’s not given to you, you have to work for it, but it’s a star ting point definitely. Get exposed where ever you can! 6) You used to be an accountant, what made you change career paths? I’ve always had a passion for design. I’m Self-taught, and would be learning new things for myself every day. 7) Your clothes are very quirky, what would you say it is that makes your boutique stand out from mainstream designers? Alot of my work is focused around the colours. When I make clothes I don’t follow the patterns as much, I do slightly more now. I was just making clothes rather than thinking about them too much. So I guess the uniqueness comes from not knowing how to do things, and making it work. I still love colours and patterns. I love working with different fabrics, so if I see something different and unique I’ll buy it and make it work. 8)So you wouldn't class yourself as a designer that tracks trends at all? No I’m very useless with that, I have no idea of what’s in fashion.


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9) As an ethical designer, do you feel it further

inspires

you to be more experimental? This whole ethical thing it happened on its own. I’ve always been into animal rights well before I star ted fashion. It wasn’t a choice to become an ethical designer; it was the only way for me and still is. I will never use leather, fur, silk. It’s not to label myself as an ethical designer; it’s just the way I live. It can be challenging to find fabric, but it’s my choice to do it, and I know what I’m doing. 10) Do you think that people are sometimes

aware

un-

of the

truth behind their clothes and

are blinded by catwalk trends and

pressured

into keeping on top of the trends from

the fashion and clothing industry? Yes I think that’s a massive issue. I think to a cer tain extent you can blame people, they should know the decision they’re making they should know where there clothes are coming from, so it is par tly the consumers fault. But I’d also say its pressure shops are putting on people to be in the “in crowd”. It’s a difficult subject and such a complex thing there so many elements to it. But yes I think people should be more responsible for their purchases.


11)

Your

clothes

character

express

and personality, would you say your clothes

encourage individualism? Yes I think so, someone comes to my shop for a cer tain look, perhaps a dress for example, and I persuade them to try something abit more quirky and they are always very hesitant even try. I think everyone has some sor t of craziness or quirkiness in them but not everyone is brave enough to express it. People should just go for it!

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13) draw

Where your

ration

do

you

inspi-

from when designing clothes? --It varies it really does, life experience take’s a big par t in that. Music I listen alot to music. And people, I think people are such interesting creatures. Usually it’s one little idea in my head, so it comes in my dream and then I star t building around that. 14) You have the title of Leeds most stylish women's Independent Retailer In the

Aire 2012 Radio Awards. Who is your favourite

style icon? And who would you

most love to style? Everyday people I prefer. Just walking along the street I would love to randomly pick them, and style them. I’m happy for anyone to wear my clothes, but I don’t see myself or should be having to push my clothes on cer tain people for me to be recognised, as I know what I’m doing and what I’m doing it for. I’ve got no idea of actresses. However I know my music, I listen to a lot of different music, but normally it can just be one sound sometimes, that gives me this idea in my head, so it’s not really anything par ticular.


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15) Do you inspirational son

in

have

your

an per-

life?

There are lots of people, but most of them are just people that appear in my life for whatever reason. Angela Dickinson, I met her at Leeds fashion show when I star ted doing fashion, she’s the one that pushed me to do this and carry on. She has an amazing life story. My boyfriend he inspires me, it’s often life stories that also inspire my work.

16) Lastly, any

vice

signers

to

young

starting

addeout?

Don’t do it, it’s not wor th it (she laughs) no I’m joking. As long as you’re prepared to work really hard and I mean really hard, it’s enjoyable as hell, I love it I really do, but there are nights where you just Ah pleasure! don’t sleep at all. And there is a not a lot of money in it, so I wouldn’t be thinking that, unless you really make it of course. But if you are an independent store then you’ve got to push it. I think the best feeling is when you see your clothes on the runway or on other people. My hear t stops at that point and it’s well wor th it at that point. Even when someone comes up to you and tells you how much they love your clothes, that is amazing. But it is really hard work, but I think if you really love it then keep dreaming and go for it.

Myself: Thankyou very much for your time Bo! Model: Claire Sherston Photographer and stylist: Alice keenan Clohes: Bo carter designs pg 9-10: Alice Keenan (multifunctional top garment)

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A

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Chann ing ell

hints of the 19

40’s

trend’s, the garment incorporates tweed fabric and checked patterns,

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chiffon lining.

to continue this

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yourself to create alternate looks that is made

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Model: Ella Ritson Photographer and stylist: Alice Keenan Garment: Alice keenan

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Jacket: Blouse: Dress: Shoes:

Vintage shop Topshop Zara River island

£7 £22 £28 £32


Model: Hannah James Photographer: Amy Creighton Creative director and stylist: Alice Keenan

ividual’s de re ignite the geometric caged lines to transcend

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An individual ventues out to where ever her different states of curiousity takes her.... Think harsh geometric solid lines and traditional 1940's prim and proper fashion against physcadellic and mismatches of print’s and colours.Spark off the look with hints of futuristic light reflecing embelishments or materialsto capture the fantasy life.

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Model: Claire Sherston Photographer and stylist: Alice Keenan Location: Royal Armories, Leeds

Blazer: Dress: Skirt: Shoes: Socks: Bag:

Primark Republic zara Topshop Topshop Oxfam

£12 £32 £28 £65 £12 £3

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