DESIGNER TALK: DIANA PAUKSTYTE

How did you become involved in fashion design? I knew from a young age that I definitely wanted to become a fashion designer! I had a big passion for the arts so my journey started in Arts school. After finishing, I graduated in clothing design from Vilnius college. From 2008, I started to create my own collections and participate in fashion events. In Lithuania we have only one big fashion festival “Fashion Infection” in which I have already presented seven collections. 

What materials do you most like to work with? I really like natural materials! Shapes and silhouettes are very important in my work, so the right materials play a huge part in that. I love playing with the shape of a garment, so it's important that materials would be thick and hold a shape. I’m always looking for unusual thick materials. For example, in my newest collection I found this material which gives a very good shape for a garment and looks like leather however, it's just thick cotton.

How does your geographical location influence your aesthetic? Well, I don’t think it influences my design work at all. My collections are mainly avant garde in style—black, white and grey colors which are completely opposite with our national clothing theme. Sometimes I wonder where it comes from and why do I choose this color palette. It’s been like this from the very beginning when I created my first collection in 2004. That collection was entirely black and white. 

What’s been your greatest professional achievement to date? Well, it could be when I entered “Fashion Infection” for the first time in 2008. From that time I presented seven collections. The first time made me to believe in myself and start my journey as a fashion designer. Now my goal is to present one strong conceptual collection in a year. 

What’s one thing people would never guess about you? Most people don’t event suspect that I am not just a fashion designer for a living. I work full time as a window dresser for international fast-fashion brand Zara. I have just my weekends free for design and creation work. — DianaPaukstyte.com