Brisbane has such fabulous weather you would think you’d see more resort style collections from Brisbane designers. Ironically Franchesca’s graduate collection was inspired by the ‘big apple’! We chat to recent QUT Fashion graduate Franchesca Blardony on her graduate collection and life after uni.
‘Rushmore’ Resort 2012
The collection emerges from a distinctly American perspective; drawing upon the imagery of WASP culture, Ivy League Colleges and the bustling streets of the big apple.
So you’ve finished uni… what now?
I’m actually heading to New York mid-year. I registered for the Fashion Future Global MENTOR program and Pamela, the Director at Fashion Future advised me that I have been offered an internship with luxury brand Diane Von Furstenberg. I’m so excited to have this opportunity and can’t wait to immerse myself in the industry but hopefully I’ll get to see a bit of New York while I’m at it.
If you could be mentored by any fashion authority in the world, who would it be?
Who else but Diane Von Furstenberg!
What would be your first question of them?
How do you stay driven after all these years? What motivates you?
What do you think your biggest challenge will be now?
Getting that initial break is going to be the biggest challenge at this point in my career.
How do you think living in Brisbane will influence your next career steps?
You’d think Brisbane’s not the greatest place to start a career in fashion when compared to cities like Milan or Paris, but in actuality, because the fashion community is smaller here it tends to be more close-knit and supportive. Having said that, I do see myself travelling in the future and working overseas. However, Brisbane will always be important to me as I’ve studied here and it has been an integral part of my artistic development.
What do you want the world to know about you?
That’s a difficult question. I think, in terms of people asking Who am I?, I’d like to let my designs do the talking for me.
If I was a genie and could grant you 3 wishes… what would they be?
I’d wish for unlimited production resources, a night out with Beyonce Knowles and at least three more wishes!
For more info on Franchesca Blardony:
m. +61 401 582 061
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