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My name is Tyler Iwinski and I am passionate about the growth and sustainability of the fashion industry in Australia. I am inspired by the creative talent in this country and am optimistic about what this means for new and established designers, especially in Brisbane. I know Australia is making great inroads in the international market, and I am determined to become part of this!
I am keen to connect with likeminded people in all facets of the fashion industry, and seek opportunities to; learn and apply industry skills, participate in creative and innovative design, work in a supportive and professional team and explore my creative potential. Although new to the fashion industry, I have already established a strong work ethic and creativity.
As a designer, my creative agenda caters to a cosmopolitan woman of the subtropics. Born and raised in Brisbane, my passion for design was not born from fashion, but rather thrill rides; rollercoasters. These seemingly disparate disciplines combine rich conceptualization with strict methodology and are fore mostly slaves and masters of the body. Ultimately I realised that while a rollercoaster may challenge the body and its limits for a moment, fashion can challenge an entire system, an entire identity. Unsurprisingly my final collection looks to Brisbane’s unique climatic character and rich landscape as a design generator.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Tyler. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
As a designer in fashion, I feel that my unique quality is that I have a constant curiosity for technical aspects of the fashion industry. I craved to be a mechanical engineer before venturing into fashion. Fashion employed similar concepts to design and structure, a relation to engineering. I like to think that my design process is influenced heavily by form, function and engineering around the human body.
I am a 21 year young designer who at times is in doubt about certain choices and pathways regarding my future. I like to trust my gut feelings for most of the journey.
Tyler, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Designer?
I studied fashion. I studied it because I wanted to contribute to such a huge industry. I get excited about new technology, methods of manufacturing, social issues and finance. I want to help shape the future of fashion. I also have the aspiration in life to be my own boss and create a label that challenges the ways we do things currently.
Who is your inspiration in life Tyler? How do you keep inspired?
My parents are a major inspiration, successful individuals in the fashion world are also an inspiration. I want to be in the position where they are, I would like to have influence and have a voice through art and clothing.
We all make mistakes Tyler, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Designer , you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Budgeting. Sticking to a budget, not being so relaxed with my own money and spending it on not so important aspects.
Tyler ,when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Designer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
Starting with a small group and growing slowly depending on the current demand. Each customer deserves a memorable experience that they can take away. This includes a product and service.
Please tell us Tyler, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Designer?
As a student who is working part time, at an internship plus other external activities I find I have to be strategic with planning and time management. Work life balance goes out the window at most times.
Tyler, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
Group discussions are wonderful, being exposed to other individuals ideas and issues. Voicing an opinion to further tailor the original idea. Just be nice about it, remain calm and have reason.
Tyler please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Designer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share to everyone. What is it and why?
Having a one on one conversation with Professor Jimmy Choo and receiving contact details for future purposes.
Tyler, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
My final collection in University. I was able to figure out who I was as a designer. Over the period of 12 months this process was continually changing, thus making it difficult and frustrating. The exciting part was seeing a drawing become a tangible piece of clothing.
What advice would you give to the people who wants to be successful as a Designer?
I am still seeking advice for myself, not much wisdom as of yet. Although I would say "enjoy the journey and figure out what you like and what you do not."
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I would love to collaborate with a collection or with clothing. Collaborating to put together a show or a e-commerce venture.
Photographer: Abraham De Souza @abrahamdesouza
Makeup: Lou Hansen @louhansenmakeup
Model 1: Kate Flint @kateeflint
Model 2: Fasika Holmes @fasiikkaa
Model 3: Talia Iwinski @talzmahal
Model 4: Georga Iwinski @georga_iwinski
Model 5: Julia Mercer @julia_mercer