I recently fell in love with an Aussie designer named Alex Mearing after I saw one of her beautiful creations on Live FAST Magazine this spring – it was a silver sequined wedding dress (that you can see HERE!) that she had custom made for Ainsley Hutchence, the co-owner of Sticks & Stones Agency in Australia. There was just something magical about her design. In fact, I was so fascinated by the dress that I started looking up Alex and seeing what other beautiful things she had created. Not only does Alex make beautiful wedding dresses, she also makes tops, jackets and has an amazing collection of fierce pieces that you can find on her site. She will be launching a swimwear line called Klams in September, so keep your eyes peeled for that! I hope to one day be able to wear one of her lovely creations. Hope you’ll enjoy my 5 Questions With Alex Mearing:
1) What made you want to become a designer? When did you start your career?
I wanted to explore and express my style so it felt very natural to go into fashion. After I graduated school I moved from Noosa to study in Sydney and was able to find a job after doing some work experience for a small company. I learnt about design, production and the business. When an opportunity to become the designer for an equestrian label called Giddy Up Girl came up I was ready to take the job. I showed my first collection under my own name in 2012 and the brand has grown into a couture line, mostly creating alternative wedding dresses.
2) Who are your fashion icons?
Mary Kate Olsen and Ada Kokosar
And lately I can’t get enough of Rihanna…
3) Where do you draw inspiration for your designs?
I think I absorb everything around me unconsciously. It may be a film, a personality, an era, it’s usually a lot of layers that create an idea.
4) Is Australia a good place to be for up and coming designers? Are there a lot of opportunities locally and across the country?
I think it’s important to have a plan to create opportunities. I love the way creative people are collaborating with each other and doing amazing work. The opportunities are limitless with apps like Instagram to connect with bloggers, models, photographers, stylists and inspiring people all over the world. I recently made a wedding dress for a woman in London who found me on Instagram, which I found really exciting.
5) What have been some of your biggest achievements thus far in your career?
Recently I made a wedding dress for Ainsley Hutchence from Sticks and Stones Agency for her elopement in Las Vegas. You can check out the editorial shot by Jenneke Storm here: http://www.rocknrollbride.com/