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VISION Lan Cara’s vision is to create ready-to-wear pieces that are available to buy on her website. She would also like to have her pieces stocked in selected boutiques. Eventually, once the business is established enough she would like to open up her own boutique that has a workshop on the side. The boutique will showcase her work and the work of other emerging designers across the UK. “Having the workshop on the side I will give customers a chance to see the work being made. With this, it will also give me the opportunity to offer a made to measure service.” Lian Cara for A I M MAGAZINE. BACKGROUND My dream has always been to work in the fashion industry whilst still being able to have a family life. Being a very family orientated person, I decided to start my own business based in my hometown. Making a drastic move to London away from them all wasn’t for me. Fortunately, I have the support and the networks around me to be able to accomplish my dream. Apart from wanting to be a spy when I was about 6, I’ve always wanted to make clothes.When I was younger my mum bought me my first sewing machine and I used to cut up my clothes just so I could sew them back together. My favourite creation was when I attached the bottom half of a pair of white combats onto the the top half of a pair of jeans. I remember being so proud of them. INSPIRATIONS As a designer,creating pattern through the construction of a garment,rather than using traditional methods such as print has always inspired my work.More recently,I have combined this design concept with laser cutting to create intricate design details that without it would not have been possible. For my most recent collection, ‘Natural Reflection’, I have used architectural arches and shapes to inform the silhouette and structure of the garments, whilst maintaining a sense of fluidity and movement, which can be found in the natural landscapes of the Welsh countryside. Coming from a very rural area in Carmarthenshire, South Wales I am lucky enough to have been brought up in the countryside. A lot of this is what inspires my work. The natural textures and shapes that can be found in the Welsh landscapes are truly inspiring. I wanted to contrast this with architectural influences. METHODS Every garment is different. I use a variety of machine and hand sewing skills in each piece. It varies depending on the structure of the garment and the fabric being used.

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AIM Magazine  

AIM Magazine is a magazine that is entirely dedicated to fashion. It is a place where you will find stories about people from the fashion in...

AIM Magazine  

AIM Magazine is a magazine that is entirely dedicated to fashion. It is a place where you will find stories about people from the fashion in...

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