I had the opportunity to interview Emily Woudenberg at Ottawa Fashion Week where she displayed her work with Anastasiya Kuyevda. Through this face-to-face interview, I managed to get a look at Woudenberg's refreshingly excitable and passionate personality. When I received her reply in response to our email interview this time around, her writing managed to capture that same essence. At [FAT], Woudenberg will be showing her latest solo collection, PENROSE. Inspired by M.C. Escher's Ascending and Descending Staircase, Woudenberg describes her collection as colourful and vintage inspired. PENROSE includes pieces that are wearable and "perfect for women who are bold and expressive".
What does 'alternative fashion' mean to you?
What inspired this collection?
You said in our last interview that your designs reflect your personality. How does this collection reflect who you are?
Ya, I think we were talking about how Anastasiya and I both have our own styles. I don't know if this collection reflects who I am. Because I am working alone, it shows a lot of me and my thinking currently. However, I do not know if this is who I will be for the next five years. Being young, it is hard to say if this is my "style"...if I have one. I like being able to experiment with what I can do and not stick to one style. [It] gives me room to grow.
But I guess to answer your question, it reflects how I feel about trends. I just get really confused when I see magazines that say "Oh, it's spring! Refresh your wardrobe- buy florals!". Some trends are honest, others are just to make sales and to get you to purely buy more. Does anyone really read that stuff and go shopping ASAP? We (Toronto) have tons of designers who are creative enough to do something interesting and different, not to sell the same stuff each year.
You're showcasing on the "Fashion Narratives day"- what story does your collection tell?
Is designing for FAT different from designing from OFW?
What is one of your biggest challenges as a designer?
Time. Full time school. Full time fashion. Zero time me.
If you had to shop at one store (for clothes) for the rest of your life, where would it be?
If you were an item of clothing, what would you be and why?