We were able to talk to Sara Collins of Barbados who has been nominated in the category Caribbean Female Runway Model.
1. How do you feel about being nominated for a Caribbean Fashion Award?
We in the Caribbean fashion industry tend to have to work extra hard to be taken seriously and make a name for ourselves, therefore to receive public recognition is, of course, more than an added plus. It is a recognition not only for ourselves personally but for all our wonderful islands!
2. How many years have you been Modelling?
Believe it or not, I first hit the runway around the age of 5 at one of my Mother’s infamous fashion shows -it was for a charity to raise funds for an art department for the disabled in Barbados. I seriously went into to modelling (as a hobby) when I was about 15/16.
3. The most memorable moment in your career has been?
Goodness, how can one define one moment when every experience has been a memorable one? I have to admit this entire journey has been amazing and I am continuously grateful for all the opportunities that have thankfully come my way.
A few that stand out are…
…when John Galliano (Designer for Dior) walked into my home at 1 in the morning to introduce himself. Later I noticed I had toothpaste stuck on my face all the time we were talking, haha!
…when I had Bvlgari jewellery placed around my neck for over 1/4 million US dollars and I stepped on to the stage in La Perla lingerie with 50 bodyguards guarding my ever-so-sparkly neck.
…when a couture dress from Bruce Oldfield, worth over thirty thousand sterling pounds, was made to fit me for his fashion show.
…when I did a photo shoot at 3 AM in the morning with merely Giorgio Armani handbags covering the necessary body parts in a freezing cold studio!!
…last but not the least, the excitement when I first hit the runways. That was and certainly still is such an adrenalin rush! I have Simon Foster, Nefertari, Pauline Bellamy, Pat Blackman and Betty West in Barbados to thank for believing in me when I first started out.
4. What are your plans for your career over the next five years?
I have recently completed my Masters in Design at Central Saint Martins in London and a Entrepreneurship: Creative Ventures Course at The London Business School. I come from an extremely creative family background with art as well as fashion being in my blood since I can remember. Modelling is a great hobby of mine, however I have always focused on building my own businesses. I am a designer and manage my own company in Europe. Future plans are to possibly expand into a signature couture line.
5. What would you be doing if not your current profession?
I always thought about being an archaeologist (especially after seeing Indian Jones, haha!) and at one point becoming a lawyer. Funny how initial ideas completely change. Now I guess…well, my close friends will tell you I love organizing any and everything you can imagine -nothing thrills me more than planning unusual dinners/events in unique locations for/with them. So I think I would sneak a peek into Event Management especially since I have previously worked in Restaurant, Hotel and Villa Management. In saying all of this, thankfully, my current profession in fashion gives me the freedom to travel the world, enabling me to meet amazing people and experience different cultures on a continuous basis which is exactly what I love!
6. Fashion or Style? What’s the difference?
You reflect who you are and how you feel in what you wear -making your own style. I believe in individuality, freedom to be yourself and not having a need to conform to the norm -thus style plays a key role in who I am. Does not each and everyone one of us make fashion with our own style? Fashion is the here, the now; style is everlasting with our very own personal fashion imprint.