Design Legends ("DL") had the distinct honour to interview legendary designer Valentina Lin ("VL") for their original perspective and innovative approach to design as well as their creative lifestyle, we are very pleased to share our interview with our distinguished readers.
VL : I went to college at age 16. I love painting, I never intend to choose Fashion Design as my major – but I did anyway, and I never designing clothes ever in my life. Ever since I saw Lady Gaga wearing the iconic Meat Dress, I start to design. My dream is to have one of my garments worn by Lady Gaga.
VL : As I said before, Lady Gaga is my inspiration. She inspires me to become a Fashion Designer. I imagine everyday that someday she’ll wear one of my garments and that what motivates me to do better and better.
VL : I choose to.
VL : Gothic style, but people today rarely wore one of those. So maybe, Monochrome? And a little bit abstract. I hate simplicity.
VL : I can’t be called a Design Legend yet. I’m still fresh and I’m still learning. But my advice is, don’t let your target market control you. It doesn’t mean you control them, but I want you to be yourself. Don’t lose your characteristic in your creation. Do what you like to do.
VL : Good Designer is good design, Great Designer is about quality.
VL : Quality. Choose good fabrics, good stitching, and have your characteristic in them.
VL : Haute Couture gown for Lady Gaga.
VL : Haute Couture gown for Lady Gaga…? Haha.
VL : Something simple will look more luxurious with good fabric and good stitching. So I'll go with quality.
VL : Alexander McQueen and Gareth Pugh
VL : Armadillo shoes by Alexander McQueen. Those are brilliant.
VL : A Painter or a photographer.
VL : Infinite Creativity.
VL : My family, especially my father.
VL : My boss when I was an intern. She taught me a lot of things learned from work experience, which I haven’t experienced yet.
VL : I want my creation to be recognized. I want to have my own unique characteristic, for example like when people look at some garments, they will immediately realized that it was my design.
VL : Bring Romantic era back!
VL : Infinite Creativity.
VL : It depends on people’s perception. For me, nowadays trends set the design. For example Lace is the trend of the year, everything on the runway will all based on lace. It’s so boring. I think people should think outside the box, like try different garment except for lace. It would be recognized easily, right?
VL : Photoshop, Illustrator, Wacom, Sketchbook, and some coloring tools.
VL : What is the inspiration and what techniques the designer uses.
VL : Fashionpedia.
VL : Alexander McQueen! I want to know his perspective of the fashion world.
VL : My favorite color is Black, my favorite place are Coffee shop and my workshop, my favorite season is Winter, and my favorite brand is Alexander McQueen and Valentino.
VL : I usually listen to music when I want to get into the zone. I usually do a little sketch or make notes when the ideas are coming. What motivates me that I keep imagining the finished design of mine. It is the best feeling if it turns out good and people are praising my design.
VL : It was not obvious. My dream was to be a professional painter, but now I’m stuck in the design world… Clothes are my canvas now and I want to try to paint on the dress.
VL : Something very simple with new kind of fabrics. Simplicity is not my thing and now I’m trying to make my creation as artistic as possible before that era comes, haha.
VL : I have a simple advice. Whatever you design, don’t limit yourself.
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