Earlier this year, co-team leader of Foxfeet, Cree Mitchell, participated in the RAW Perth Magnify fashion show at the Rosemount Hotel. Cree showcased her ‘grad’ collection, “Burst,” for the third time. As a fashion student myself, I was curious; how did Cree create a collection to be shown on a runway, all while studying and working? So, I interviewed her:
What was the main inspiration for this collection?
This collection was heavily inspired by people’s emotions, and how they’re conveyed, particularly joy and happiness.
What do you love so much about working with organza?
I love the way it makes the colours look like they’re moving, and the way the fabric moves, making it seem like the wearer is floating.
How long did the process of creating the collection take from start to finish?
From design and research to full completion, I would say it took about a year and a half. The collection was designed in the second half of my fashion degree.
Who are your favourite designers/stylists and how do they inspire you?
I absolutely adore Viktor & Rolf; they were a big inspiration in the early design process of this collection. My other favourite designers include Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Valentino, and Stella McCartney.
Are you planning a new collection?
Yes, I am. It’s still very much in the design process, but it’s like a big mash up of constellations and cosmic entities, and carnival vibes.
What was the hardest part about this process?
The hardest part for me is the pattern making, it’s the most time-consuming part. You have to make sure you get the patterns exactly right, and if they’re not you have to keep changing them until the final outcome is perfect.
What do you hope to be doing in ten years?
I think I’d like to be doing some sort of celebrity styling or own my own styling agency. I love designing and making garments, but I’m most in my element when I’m styling for a runway show or a fashion shoot.
How does your design style differ from your everyday life?
Majorly, I don’t wear a lot of colours in my day-to-day life, and I’ve got more of a modern, edgy style.
How do you deal with stress when it comes to time management?
I try to organise my time as well as I can. I have a very busy schedule so I’m no stranger to the stresses that come with that. I find that if I write myself daily “to-do” lists, I can really minimise the stress and anxiety and I can sometimes fall victim to.
What’s the best part about seeing your stuff on the runway?
It just makes me really happy, and really proud, because it means I’ve accomplished what I set out to do. I just love being able to see all my word work finally come together.
And there you have it… all you need to know about designing a collection for the runway according to Cree. I hope this answered some questions you may have about the process and be sure to keep an eye out for more from Cree Bethany Designs!
Jason Matz (photography)
Models: Jasmine Taylor, Amber Dempsey, Yuxian Seow, Pavarn Gill
Written by Olivia Hunt.