Fashfest Spotlight: Kira Pizzingrilli

What did you want to be when you were growing up and how did you get to where you are today?

I’ve always been interested in art and creating things. In high school I would buy second-hand clothes to alter (sometimes they turned out great but some would end up in the dress ups pile). It wasn’t until after Year 12 that I realised fashion could be a viable career path. It was my curiosity about garment construction that led me to study Fashion Design and Technology at TAFE. One of my favourite classes was print making. I was so excited when I realised you could create your own fabric with your own print design. The passion just bloomed from there.

Three words to describe your label.

Quirky, feminine, flattering.

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What is your creative process?

I don’t work to an exact schedule, but I do follow basic steps. Generally, I start by collecting inspirational images, research trends and deciding on a theme. Once I have solid ideas for each garment, I begin pattern making, testing, and sample making—and repeat…—until I have a piece I’m completely happy with. Add in the occasional meltdown and that’s my creative process.

What sets your brand apart from others?

What sets my label apart from others is my unique print designs. I create these prints myself using various methods, including combinations of painting, sketches, and digital work on Photoshop and Illustrator. I love this process. It adds such a personal touch. You’re really putting a piece of yourself out there.

Why did you decide to be a part of FASHFEST 2016?

I’m from the Central Coast of NSW and even there I had heard great things about FASHFEST. It’s such a quality event and is such an amazing opportunity for ‘Kira Pizzingrilli’. This kind of exposure is so valuable for my label. I love a good fashion show and am thrilled to think that I’m part of FASHFEST 2016!

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Do you think FASHFEST will change the perception of your brand?

FASHFEST gives emerging designers like myself the opportunity to showcase our designs to a huge audience that we could never have access to regularly. It’s an excellent platform for me to showcase my latest collection directly to consumers and the fashion industry.

Can you tell us a little bit about your collection this season? Any hints of what we are going to see on the runway?

This season my summer collection is titled ‘Unearth’. It is a mix of classic tailoring and fashion forward shapes which create a unique aesthetic. The colour palette varies from crisp whites to pastel pinks, to a bright cherry red.

What is your inspiration for this collection?

‘Unearth’ Summer/Spring 2016 is derived from all things Australia. From the unassuming, raw beauty of the country’s bushland, to a homage to 90s Aussie beach style. This collection appeals to the nostalgia within us all.

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The highlight of your career so far?

Last year I was named a St. George ‘Small Business Champion’ and won a month-long pop-up shop at our local shopping centre.

Best advice you have ever received/ a motto you live by?

‘Success is inevitable.’ I heard that the first time from the one and only Julie Goodwin and it resonated with me. It inspires you to never give up, no matter how hard times may be. Failure is not an option. I’m also kind of obsessed with Leandra Medine from ‘Man Repeller’. Her slogan says it all: “An interest in fashion never minimizes one’s intellect.”

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FASHFEST 2016 will run from 29 September to 1 October at the National Convention Centre. Tickets are on sale now.
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