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Getting To Know David Jack

In Interviews on April 19, 2012 at 2:50 pm

I met David Jack at a red carpet event a few weeks back, during the midst of Vancouver Fashion Week craziness.  I had seen pics from his recent show, which received rave reviews when his futuristic and edgy collection fiercely strutted down the runway.

I briefly interviewed David a week or so ago but paid him and his studio a little visit to see where all the magic happens.  Well, being welcomed with a glass of “watcha ma call it” white wine (yes, it really is called that) which was so so tasty, I knew it was going to be a very good visit!  I was surrounded by incredibly and beautifully constructed garments, patterns, killer heels and his intern working away at an upcoming project, which is going to blow you away when you see it!  We chatted for ages, with David explaining each piece to me, which I still can’t wrap my simple sewing brain around and before I knew it, my yummy glass of vino was finished and I had to tear myself away from his hub of beautiful fabrics and charismatic creations.

To find out more about David Jack’s work pop into his website www.david-jack.com

The man himself, David Jack!

Find out more about Mr. Jack in our interview below…

Tell me a little about yourself. Where are you from? What’s your educational background? 
I grew up in the South East end of London and moved to Vancouver in 2001. I attended Emily Carr for fashion illustration then completed the Fashion Design program at Blanche Macdonald in 2007. Since then I have been doing custom pieces for various artists/performers from any where to music videos, stage and evening wear.
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What does fashion mean to you?
Fashion is art. It’s a way to be creative and expressive.
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When did you realize you wanted to become a fashion designer?
I always knew I wanted to become a designer, not necessarily in the fashion world mind you. As far back as I can remember I was always designing. I used to draw/design roller coasters as a kid, lol, that’s what I wanted to do for years my mum would say! Then it went onto shoes as I got older, then finally fashion.
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What was the first article of clothing you ever designed?
HA! A really bad bustier made from 2 old football shin pads I found in the attic… you can imagine the out come, but I thought it was great!
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Describe the general process you go through to design and realize a piece of clothing.
 Sometimes things just pop into my head, others I sit down and draw. I really like to buy the fabric first, play around with it on the mannequin then figure out the construction side of things.
Do you prefer sketching designs or actually constructing them?
I love the construction side of things! As I start sewing I usually change or add to the design.
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Who are some of your favourite designers?
Oh! Thierry Mugler!  The Blonds, McQueen, Gareth Pugh.
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What matters to you most as a fashion designer?
That I can continue to always design clothes that interest me and use all my creativity. It would be terrible if I got stuck designing plain sweaters for the rest of my life.
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What advice do you have for aspiring fashion designers?
Oh, I still have a long way to go before I give advice, but something I tell myself everyday is “keep working hard, be patient, be honest, be kind, be reliable, be proactive and be the best mind at hand” – I have this stuck to my fridge. The words of a very special friend.
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How would you define your personal style?
Mix and match, I like darker looks and shades, a bit rocker with a smarter edge.
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How would you define the style of your collection?
A collection from the future! Dark, glamorous, edgy, sexy, powerful.

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Where can readers buy your clothes?
As of right now, all the garments are custom made and are sold thorough me at the studio. Customers can simply drop me an email with any questions and then come the studio for a fitting.
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To find out more about David Jack’s work pop into his website www.david-jack.com
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