Fresh Threads: Lucy Upsher
For our Youth Issue, The WILD caught up with four promising designers on the rise. Below, check out Lucy Upsher. Her abstract, multi-media patterns will have you daydreaming for days.
How did you get started in fashion design?
I’ve always been really into dressing up and costumes. I remember when I was about six or seven I would watch films and then design costumes for my favourite characters. So I think initially it was the theatrical side of fashion that drew me in. I also think I may have been a bit of a show-off, and wearing something weird is a great way of getting people to look at you.
How would you describe your design aesthetic?
I always design from my own textile experimentation and print work. I find this to be a really successful way of coming up with unusual combinations and interesting detailing. The end result of my work is very textural and layered, with tons and tons of elements until the overall aesthetic becomes an abstract blur of colour, pattern, and tactile embellishment.
What do you think you bring to the fashion world that’s original and has been totally lacking until now?
I guess the advantage designers have today is the retrospective of so many experimental art movements in the past, since styling, clashing, and combining these references is often how we come up with something fresh and current. I like to think I work in a more back-to-basics, hands-on way where I play around with fabric and see what happens. I find this the best method of experimentation, rather than sourcing ideas too directly from existing design work. A down side of today is that fashion has become such a business that there is less playfulness than there used to be.
Where do you hope your career will take you?
I want my career to be constantly challenging and aid my own continual personal improvement. I think it’s a good thing to look back and cringe at your past work as it shows you’ve moved on and become better—I don’t like staying still.
What is your WILD Wish?
It’s got to be something really extravagant and camp—I’ve got an image of something in between that scene in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert when he’s in fabulous drag, singing on top of that van in the outback and maybe the Virgin Galactic tour. Please make this happen.
To keep up with Lucy’s latest work, make sure to check out her website here.