Meet Jess Farago, a talented second-year fashion design student who is about to enter her second semester of her second year at Kangan institute. Coming from a completely different industry before she started her course, Jess had been a chef for the last 12 years. Although having a natural creative flair when creating her dishes, she wanted to express her creativity through fashion. Jess felt it was time to do something different and follow her passion for art and design. Since studying, she learnt that you can do anything if you put your mind to it..
You're about to finish your 2nd year in fashion design at Kangan
Tell us your experience so far, what you've learnt up's and downs! The Nitty Gritty!
I have found the second year a giant leap from first. From someone that had never touched a sewing machine when I started, to where I am now, and what I have achieved, I almost can't comprehend it myself. My teachers have been the most amazing influence, motivation and support. I've learnt I am so much more capable of things I never thought possible. I am a very creative person and have been a chef for 12 years. I've always used creativity to create dishes, but I've always painted and love using every element of my creative side to produce something. I also learnt that this course is hard, challenging and time-consuming. Whoever said it was easy was wrong.
What do you aspire/ hopes/ dreams to eventually be in the fashion game?
I am obsessed with vintage and retro. My obsession with op shops started years ago when I couldn't afford to but clothes from regular shops. So I would head out and chose Nanna daggy clothes and my goal became to pull them off by doing them up. Ideally, I would love to get into something vintage. I love design, and with my particular colourful style, I would suit retro/vintage. But after work experience, I love pattern making/garment technician. So I'll go from there. Work on those goals
Most difficult thing you've had to learn since studying fashion design?
To trust myself and have faith in myself and to believe. You Come across so many times when you feel like you can't do something, or you want to give up. You look around you and no matter how hard you try, you can't help but compare yourself to your peers. And honestly, it can be hard to not shut yourself down, as you think your work is nothing in comparison to others. But I've learnt through this, that everyone's work is different: different style, different taste, different theme. I also learnt you can do anything you put your mind to.
Also do you have any side projects at the moment?
Seeing school has been crazy, the only side project I had been making myself a floral vintage dress; that's on hold at the minute. My new project is to make my partner an 80's inspired jacked worn by a member of his favourite band "Japan."
Anyone you aspire or look up to in the design industry?
Can I say my teachers? haha. I really do. I wouldn't be where I am without them!
Also, I love Pierre Cardin.
Favourite part about being a designer?
Being creative. Using different mediums. Being able to express myself through designing. It's such an amazing way to express myself, and really be at my happiest
For your final collection, what was your inspiration behind it ? What materials did you use and what was the process?
My inspiration was the 20th-century art movement, surrealism, and my love for the flower lily. I combined the 2 to come up with a bright and colourful outfit to resemble lilies. But to also make you think when you look at it (the surrealist part). The theme is named "lily of dreams", as surrealism was to "resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality." I used fabric manipulation to create a whole lot of lily petals, that were seen into the bottom half of my skirt, speckled with silk leaves. It was a very challenging and time-consuming process. Almost like costume making
Quick Foxy Questions!
Favourite holiday destination?
My favourite holiday destination is my beach house in Venus Bay.
Heels or flats?
I broke my ankle a couple years ago, so sadly, I'm limited to flats. But I love a good pair of docs.
I'm a chef!!! That's a tough one. Um, my Thai rice noodle chicken coconut broth with lots of veggies, chilli, cashews and herbs.
And my spag bol. Can't beat it
We wish Jess love and luck for her third and final year at Kangan.