While in the departure lounge awaiting our respective flights back home after the ACF Fashion Weekend October 23rd – 25th, CFStyle and SVG designer Kimya Glasgow got to talking. Here are some of the highlights of that conversation.
“I was trained in Barbados, where I had one instructor from FIT and one from the London College of Fashion, so I got trained in both the US and English methods of measuring. The English believe in being able to reconstruct a person’s body using their measurements. Women always tell me “I don’t want my waist so tight eh”. I have your measurements. I will make an outfit whether loose or fitted. I can compensate and adjust my pattern to suit.
Also, I measure in centimetres. Women are always in shock when they see 67 come up as their waist size. I like that! We women are much too caught up in numbers. Every day I meet women with ‘perfect’ measurements and they still don’t like their bodies. I don’t care what you look like; I am here to make an outfit that looks good on you!
For the last few years I have a boutique. I make my samples and people come in, point out what they want, and I create their piece. Recently, I went into custom clothing, so I halved the space. One side is the sample section, and the other contains quick sell items – little dresses, etc.
Trinidad Fashion Week was an amazing experience- to see all the creativity; to see designers at the top of their game. The enthusiasm that they have for their creativity is infectious! Imagine, Meiling is the only designer schooled – she attended university and was trained – and here is Heather Jones, self taught, able to stand with the best of the, internationally. It is an amazing thing!
And then they took me to a 3 Canal show…I LOVE them. And Wendell told me his grandmother was Vincentian. It’s amazing to see the evolution and transplantation of creativity from one part of the region to another.”
More from Kimya in the very near future.