Emer­ging womenswear design­er Vanessa Emiri­an has a pas­sion for polkadots and play­ful sil­hou­ettes, com­bined with a dis­tinctly fem­in­ine aes­thet­ic. The res­ult is “Cir­cu­late” – a beau­ti­ful and inspir­ing debut col­lec­tion.

Can you tell us a little about your brand?

—I am really intrigued by artis­an­al-based pro­cesses as well as hand­made and time-hon­oured tech­niques, so my prac­tice is primar­ily con­cerned with con­tem­por­ising these, to dis­tin­guish­ing where and how the tra­di­tion­al artis­an might exist in today’s mod­ern fash­ion land­scape. 

What would you say is your sig­na­ture?

—Her­it­age based with a mod­ern and play­ful twist.

What inspired your “Cir­cu­late” col­lec­tion and what is your cre­at­ive pro­cess like?

—“Cir­cu­late” is best described as a wacky obses­sion with the lim­it­less pos­sib­il­it­ies of the circle, inspired by the Japan­ese artist Yayoi Kusama. I find that my cre­at­ive pro­cess can be unin­ten­tion­al at times, so I embrace happy acci­dents and exper­i­ment­a­tion. I actu­ally really love the play­ful aspect of exper­i­ment­a­tion. For “Cir­cu­late” I hand made all the fab­ric­a­tions using a needle-felt­ing machine, and I spent end­less days exper­i­ment­ing with many com­bin­a­tions of fab­rics, and refin­ing my tech­nique. It’s a bit obsess­ive, but I like to explore the depth of one really great idea or tech­nique.

Where does your love for inter­est­ing sil­hou­ettes stem from?

—I am really intrigued by vin­tage and tra­di­tion­al dress­ing, and how the shift­ing per­cep­tions of female beauty and the role of women between the dec­ades of the 20th cen­tury was por­trayed through the chan­ging sil­hou­ettes of fash­ion. I love to play with sil­hou­ette, as it is a form of dis­tort­ing our per­cep­tion of the body, and chal­lenges our under­stand­ing of what shapes can be con­sidered to be beau­ti­ful on the female form. Sil­hou­ette is also extremely play­ful.

What does the future hold for you?

—Right now I am vis­it­ing Europe, wan­der­ing around some pretty spec­tac­u­lar places, and also col­lect­ing inspir­a­tion for upcom­ing work. I am really look­ing for­ward to return­ing back to Sydney, as I will be show­ing the col­lec­tion “Cir­cu­late” at some really cool events, amongst some oth­er incred­ible design­ers. I would sug­gest pop­ping over to my Ins­tagram (@vanessaemirian) to keep updated on future events, it’s where I share all my polkadot mad­ness with the world.