A Chat with Designer Amanda Vaughn-Redmon January 20 2015, 0 Comments
If you haven’t heard of Amanda Vaughn-Redmon yet, you will! This talented young lady is following her dreams of becoming a fashion designer, and her work is starting to take off. Recently I had the great privilege of sitting down to talk with her, to learn more about her inspiration, her styles, and what she sees for her future.
When did you know you wanted to become a designer?
As a kid I was always creative, doing a little bit of everything but mostly drawing and painting. In middle school I became more interested in fashion, and spent time each night planning and styling my outfits for the next day.
I really loved fashion, but didn’t think I could make a career out of it, so after high school I went to school to study graphic design. All of my projects reflected my love of fashion, and my teachers saw it and pushed me to transfer to an art college where I could follow that dream. I took the leap, and owe them a lot of thanks for helping me realize I could do what I loved as a career.
What was your big "break" that got you where you are today?
Before I graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design I had already gotten a job with Urban Outfitters. When the designer I was working under left, I had the opportunity to step up and fill in for her and really make myself known. I had designs on the floor in less than two months after starting my new job, and a few were best sellers. That was my big break for sure!
These days I still do some work for Urban Outfitters, as well as Belk. But it was that early experience that gave me the confidence to start my own design company, Formation Design Studios. That is where I can really let my own style show through.
Here are some of Amanda's latest designs:
What are some of your favorite fashion trends for 2015?
I am loving the minimalist approach in design right now. The shapes are not too difficult or too structured, but open and comfortable. There is also a hint of architecture and geometry, which I love. This has always been a direction in my own line, which is probably why I like what I’m seeing in other lines for 2015 so much.
And as much as I love solids and texture, I am totally okay with the big and bold floral prints I am seeing on the runway right now. Flower power is back!
What is one affordable and easy thing you do to look more stylish even if you're just going out to run errands?
I rarely go out without thinking about what I am wearing. I've never been a jeans and t-shirt gal, so the casual thing is not easy for me. I am a more-than-one-layer kind of gal. Casual to me is leggings, but then I always have a dress layered under a cocoon throw or something like that. Even if it's just that one piece thrown over the casual layer to make the outfit stand out. I also believe the shoes or boots you wear can really step up an outfit.
What is your favorite piece of clothing in your closet, and why?
Right now my favorite is a vintage wool poncho that I just found. It has been a finishing piece for my outfits for the last few weeks, because it’s not only great-looking but extremely versatile and warm.
What advice can you give to women who may want to pursue a career in fashion?
First of all, it is a very exciting industry, and I believe in following your dreams. But also know you need to have a thick skin, because there is a lot of "constructive criticism" along the way. It is a great industry for someone who is innovative and creative, and who can forecast trends naturally. That will get you further in the field. I would also tell them to try and narrow down what they want to do within the fashion world, whether it’s designer, buyer, or stylist. There are a lot of options!