FAULT Magazine catches with fashion designer Tanielle Lobo
LONDON, Last summer saw Indian born, London based designer Tanielle Lobo graduate from Central St Martins prestigious fashion course. FAULT catches up with Tanielle to discuss life for an up and coming fashion designer and all things colourful.
FAULT: What was your inspiration for your BA graduate collection?
The Bombay Babylon Collection is a womenswear collection including accessories, bags and shoes reflecting an eclectic, kitsch and colourful quirkiness. Inspired by bohemian Bombay and the psychedelic dolly birds of the swinging sixties, it is a mélange of chaotic Indian street hawkers, cosmic go-go mods and kaleidoscopic graffiti art, expressing my love for bold colour, embellishment and Indian craftsmanship.
FAULT: Your Indian roots are a huge influence on your work. Has textiles and colour been something you’ve always been drawn to?
Looking back, my love for art and design has always been an important part of my life even during school. If something was dull and boring, I just had to jazz it up with sequins or acrylic and customize it in every way. Even though I could never colour inside the lines, I stuck to my passion and knew that I would become a designer one day. Having lived in India for most of my life, I found it difficult to ignore the amazing textiles and colours that you see everywhere and gradually developed a strong liking and interest for fashion.
My Indian roots are slightly blurred, being brought up as a catholic in cosmopolitan Bombay allowed me to watch from a distance and absorb what I liked the most about the traditional Indian ways and culture.
I’m not fluent in the language and rarely wear Indian outfits, but that has never tainted my love for Indian art and craftsmanship. My mother, a graphic designer by profession and the most creative person I know on the planet has also been a big influence on me. Having trained me from an early age, taking me to exhibitions fairs and workshops to learn more about handicrafts, textiles, art & culture kept feeding my hunger for creativity and would be the reason I have made it so far in the first place.
FAULT: Which designers would you cite as influential on your work?
I have always loved designers like John Galliano, Matthew Williamson, Manish Arora, Ashish, Anna Sui and Etro. Their creativity, ethnic influences and vibrant use of colour inspire me.
FAULT:What are your hopes for the next five years?
I would like to establish myself as a Designer designing womenswear & accessories including exclusive pieces as well as Collections that will be stocked in the fashionable and trendy boutiques of London.
FAULT: What are your plans for the moment?
At the moment, I am concentrating on setting my label up, organizing my manufacturers and suppliers, building my website to facilitate e-commerce & looking forward to an exciting year ahead.
FAULT: Do you feel there is enough support for emerging designers?
I feel there is a lot of support out there for emerging talent; however it is limited in comparison to the amount of designers that need it. At the end of the day, one has to take the initiative and have the determination to succeed with or without support.
FAULT:What advice would you give to other emerging designers?
As an emerging designer myself, I think the best advice I can give to my fellow peers would be to just get your self out there as much as you can. Collaborate with other creative people, network at events and build strong contacts within the industry.
Interview By: Roshannah Bagley