I got to meet Megan Stewart earlier this year when I went along to ID Fashion Week (It was a blast, check out all the great articles I wrote on it). Not only is the young designer SUPER charming, you can see a mile away she’s going to do great things. When I met her, she was about to head off to New York City to pursue her designing dreams. Since being there a short time she has already landed an internship with Proenza Schouler – which is kinda a big deal.
SP: What inspired this collection and how long did it take you to get it to ID Fashion Week?
M: My collection Daily Show is inspired by the disconnect between reality and the mind-numbing dullness that arises from evenings glued to the television. Alternative pattern making techniques and draped elements create warped and glitch-like forms showing what happens to a mind soaked in media. It has been a year process to get to iD, time which I spent developing work from my original graduate collection.
SP: How long ago did you graduate, where from and what do you recommend to high school (or older) that would like to follow in your footsteps and become a designer?
M: I graduated from Massey University, Wellington in June 2016. I had such a fantastic time studying at Massey, completing a joint fashion and business degree. I learned so much about design, business, construction and more importantly learned a different way of looking at issues, processes and myself. For someone coming from high school, I would suggest just to go for it! But keep in mind it takes a huge amount of work. I don’t know if I could even count the all nighters and days I spent at Massey. For me, I still loved every second I was there because design is my love.
SP: Who are some of your inspirational designers?
M: That list is completely endless. My top favourites designers are Martin Margiela, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez from Proenza Schouler, Rosie Assoulin and Alessandro Michele from Gucci.
SP: What’s next for you? You’re off to New York this week, aren’t you? What do you have planned for the big apple!?
M: I sure am! I have just landed in NYC and it has been the most incredible four days. For the year that I am here I hope to be inspired by the city and the creative people that are everywhere here. And hopefully complete some internships too.
SP: Do you see yourself releasing a collection a season? Will we see you at ID and NZFW next year?
M: To be honest, I am not too sure yet? I am taking this year out to discover NYC and gain some more experience in design before I get starting in producing my own line. But with time I do plan to make more collections. However very soon I will be releasing images of a new collaborative collection, which I have done with my good friend Jarrod Reid. It is named Blitz and is completely different to my previous work, but we are both obsessed with it
SP: Lastly, and I kind of touched on this before, what general advice would you give for people who want to make it as a designer?
M:Be passionate and hardworking! To be successful in this industry comes down to many things that are out of your control; connections, luck, timing etc. But as long as you absolutely love what you do, with a kind and hardworking approach. You will hopefully find some great opportunities that will come your way.