VALULI Fashion Talks with Eriya Miura: Fears and nightmares transformed into the couture?

September 11, 2017

Everyone tends to look more confident, thinking that the biggest disadvantage is to make an impression of a fearful person.

Of course it is more common for the artists to take their fears into the art and create masterpieces – Steven King, for example – the directed who transformed his deepest fears into the movies.

I would like you to meet Eriya Miura who is Cambodian-Japanese fashion designer and textile artist – not only a talented artist, but also a storyteller via fashion design. Her latest collection is called “Disquietude” – telling about the nightmares she’d experienced through the beautiful and breathtaking demi-couture collection.

The strongest emotions inspire us the most .. don’t they?

What was your first childhood memory regarding fashion?

Probably when I was around 11. One evening I had a sudden inspiration to cut and sew pieces of clothing and fabric together to create this one particular look. The next morning I wore it to school and received a handful of compliments!

Was there a person who encouraged you to pursue the carrier in fashion industry?

I have always had a special connection with clothing from a young age, however I had never thought about pursuing fashion design as a career until I discovered that it was a subject I could study in university. In the beginning I had my doubts but I had my family and friends’ support throughout the years that kept me going.

Where did you study fashion? What was the most difficult during this time?

I’m a graduate of Parsons The New School for Design in New York. The most difficult moments were the sleepless nights, and the very intense hours spent at school using a fraction of the working table to finish up a garment (or several) for an important project.

How fast you can make one piece of clothing?

It would depend on the level of difficulty of the garment. A top or casual dress can take 1-3 days, while a very intricate garment that would require beading, embroidery or handwork can take weeks to months!

Who is your favourite fashion designer/brand?

Iris van Herpen. My dream is to be immersed in her space of creation and experience first hand the artistic and innovative techniques that go into the detailed construction of her designs.

What makes your brand different to others?

How I use unconventional resources and methods as an approach to my designs. I’ve used hardware materials in my past collections and have mixed Swarovski crystals with laser-cut leather and burnt organza. My garments also feature a lot of organic shapes and experimental draping.

Is there is a secret on how to make connections in fashion industry?

In general, you have to be very clever with every decision you make and every person you meet. Talent needs to be seen, so showing your work at every opportunity will increase the chances of meeting someone that can help you open doors into the industry.

Your latest collection is made inspired by … ?

It’s called ‘Disquietude’ – which means a state of uneasiness and anxiety – and it is a demi-couture inspired by 6 fears and nightmares I have experienced in the past that everyone else can also relate to. The first look begins with a commonly experienced nightmare and progresses until the highest level of fear – the end of life. The journey of the collection leads to an overcoming of one’s fear or trauma; an enlightenment and acceptance within oneself. ‘Disquietude’ integrates unconventional yet traditional methods of process and construction. The main use of handwork, textile manipulation and craftsmanship is important to the concept of the collection.

How do you see your brand in a year’s time?

Within the next year I hope to work on a new collection that will require a lot of time, thought and care. At the moment I am collaborating with an accessories brand called I LOVE DADA to create a limited edition capsule collection. We have been doing pop-ups in Phnom Penh, New York, Paris and in a few months’ time, Brussels. All bags are handmade by organizations, ‘Friends International’ and ‘Tabitha Foundation’, supporting vulnerable communities in Cambodia. Leather bags are made at a small family-run shop in Phnom Penh.

What advice would you give to aspiring fashion designers?

Hard work and late hours will be second nature; however don’t allow yourself to be burned out. Take the time to be inspired, research, and allow creativity to flow naturally.

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