London-based designer Rebecca Kellett pushes the boundaries of ready-to-wear with her eclectic collection of statement-making women's wear. We catch up with the award-winning up-and-comer in today's Designer Talk.
How did you become involved in fashion design? I started designing quite late. I was always inspired by fashion and looked towards my Grandma, and how she dressed. She was always so fabulous; always looked amazing. I started to paint when I was sixteen and became very interested in Illustration. It wasn't until I went to college, with the aim to study Fine Art, that the tutors said to me, 'we think you should try fashion as you are drawing fashion illustrations without realizing and we think you dress very differently.' So it began from then, when I was eighteen.
What materials do you most like to work with? I try not to work with similar materials season after season as I prefer the challenge of working with unconventional fabrics to push the boundaries of the silhouette and what is considered as fabric. It is about the challenge of the making, incorporated with print design as a signature aesthetic within each collection.
How does your geographical location influence your aesthetic? It's extremely important to me, living and designing in London we are surrounded by so many influences from different cultures. In turn, comes different religions, social groups which all have a diverse approach to dressing. London is a mixture of grit and wealth separated by a couple of tube stops. For me, I identify with not only one part of London. I love the exuberance in Chelsea to the rawness and gritty dark sides of East and North London.
What’s been your greatest professional achievement to date? It would definitely be in between showcasing my collection at the Saatchi Gallery or the Houses of Parliament. Both are incredible locations in their own right historically.
What’s one thing people would never guess about you? I hate the cold, eat lots of bread and prefer a cup of tea to a glass of wine.