It was an honour to be at Vancouver Fashion Week alongside fellow Australian, Perth based designer Zuhal Kuvan-Mills from Green Embassy.
The Turkey born energetic lady describes herself as an artist who certainly has a flair for fashion and using the natural Australian wonders around her to create this inspiring Spring Summer 2015 collection.
In an interview at Vancouver Fashion Week, Zuhal said Green Embassy is a fully certified organic label.
“I’m an Artist and I create my own textiles first and design them into variable art forms,” Zuhal said.
“The uniqueness that comes from each piece cannot be copied in anyway because it is artwork.
“I am inspired from our connection to the land. It started when I was in Vancouver. I read about First Nation and their connection to land and how much they value the environment and land.
“I continued my research in Australia and I focused on Australian Aborigines and their connection to land. I realised more and more the Aboriginal part of the land. It’s the reason we keep a bunch of flowers in our room and we desire to go into parks.”
Zuhal said she has created her own textiles by hand. She even made the accessories using left over pieces of materials.
If it’s not silk or cotton, she also uses eucalyptus leaves.
“By cooking the eucalyptus leaves with steam I have achieved their prints and colours from the outback on the fabric,” she said.
“My work is very unique to transfer everything from the land to the fabric and onto my artworks.”
I had the pleasure of working backstage alongside Zuhal preparing the outfits and models and assisting with the runway rehearsal. I hope there are many more opportunities to meet and work with her.
What I love about Zuhal is that she’s not afraid to step outside of her own country and to give the limelight to her work that it rightfully deserves. This is only her second Vancouver Fashion Week and she had the whole crowd on their feet at the end of her show in a standing ovation.
We can relate because we feel more people know us outside of our own country. Miss you Vancouver!
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