mitchell oakley smith's stunning 'fashion - australian & new zealand designers' has just been released and is groaning with sumptuous images and beautifully written interviews with leading australasian designers - children of vision faves material by product and gary bigeni are both featured as well as my own label jimmy d... yay!
the book is widely available through retail stores and galleries through out new zealand, australia, and internationally, including such prestigious locations as the tate in london and centre pompidou in paris - alternatively grab a copy here.
even though our fashion radar is pretty firmly focused on international designers, we are always excited when we find labels closer to home that can slot in along side our other fashion finds. auckland designer celia phillips has always had a formidable personal style, and was a standout at the aut (auckland university of technology) final year show - with a strong, cohesive collection inspired by cults and religious garb. celia kindly answered a few questions for us:
name of designer: celia phillips
right now the time is : 1.45pm
and where abouts in the world are you? : auckland, new zealand
date of birth: 21 feb 1986
label name: celia phillips
year label started: 2010
new collection is entitled: yearning for zion
concept/motivation behind new collection: fundamentalist mormons prairie dresses combined with an interest in occult imagery inspired this collection
the ultimate celia phillips lady or gent is: I have always had an obsession with marianne faithfull
most exciting fashion moment: seeing my garments captured in the amazing photos taken by photographer friends oliver rose and lydia cowpertwait.
shoot, shag and marry: shoot: paul mccartney, shag: daniel ash (when he was younger), marry: the blonde guy in rosetta stone (also when he was younger)
i had a vision and my vision was: to create clothes that my friends would love to wear celia phillips new collection 'yearning for zion' is in-store now.
children of vision is a boutique nestled amongst the cafe's, galleries and strip clubs of auckland's notorious karangahape road. children of vision are fearless supporters of all that is avant garde, intellectual and unusual.