In this new wave of change that is enveloping the Romanian fashion industry, fresh and flexible designers are emerging from the shadows. Emese Bakó is making part of this welcoming change. Her designs are a visual representation of desirables attitudes and unique delicacy. Refined and sophisticated cuts, feminine and simple details, silk velvet, satin silk and brocade fabrics, handmade embroidery, beading and other techniques are just a few word to describe Emese Bakó’s designs. Here are her thoughts on designing and work philosophy.
1. Is there something on your upbringing that stirred your passion for fashion?
As a kid, I was always into drawing, and I even remember winning a bunch of drawing competitions starting from the kindergarten. But there was always something that I liked to draw more, which was people. And not just stick figures, but stick figures with great hair and clothing. And even though I didn’t follow an arts education I always had doodling as back-up and around high school this old passion just came back and it was stronger than ever, so I decided to study fashion design.
2.What are the most important things you learned during your studies?
Probably the most important lessons are the ones you learn out of class. It’s important to be passionate. Working hard helps. A lot.
3.What was your motivation and idea behind the collection “The Lies have to travel”?
“The Lies Have To Travel” is my MA graduate collection, and being a dissertation project I was set out to make the most out of it. I’m quite glad how it turned out because I feel it is the closest to my personality and my style out of all the collections I did. It was also the last one I did during the university years, so I tried to use up all the freedom of creating that you don’t normally have as a designer. I listened a lot to my guts when I was creating the pieces and I even got like 70% of all my fabrics in a single run. It all started from a simple idea, which was strong enough to catapult me into deeper research about it. It was about attitudes becoming form, which can still mean so many things, and although I did follow my own interpretation in the creative process, I was mostly inspired by the exhibition that came to life in 1969 in Bern, entitled “Live in your head: When Attitudes Become Form. (Works-Concepts-Processes-Situations-Information)”
4.Could you tell us a few words about your creative process?
I usually start with an idea and try to imagine it in different contexts which leads me to some research and this is usually the most fun part because you don’t really know where you’re going with it just yet, there are so many possibilities. So after a while, you have to narrow it down and start some fabric research, textures, trying to figure out the mood of the collection, the perfect attitude, and just generally how it would look like. Thenit’s down to some sketching and after a whole lot of that I try to see which ones I like more to build up a couple of pieces that I would love to make. Developing those products into different areas, from fabric to color and details is the next stept. After that it’s the technical sketches which are the most accurate to the final product. The final step it’s going to be the making of the garments:
working on the pattern, making the samples, adjusting them and finally making the product. If I do embroidery, beading or such things, I usually do it after cutting the pattern, so I know exactly where it goes. 5.What are the most important moments of your evolution as a designer until today?
There’s been a lot of great things happening, but I would have to say that the internships abroad helped me a lot to see the difference between what you learn in school and the so called real life. Also, the number of projects I’ve been a part of along these years and the great social and media feedback that I have had are among the best moments that I’ve had in my still ongoing evolution as a designer. 6.What do you think every woman should always have in her wardrobe?
I really think a great shirt can make a difference and I’m especially a big fan of white shirts. So a few of those and some black tailored pants. The rest is always changing anyway.
7.What would be your best advice to pass along to aspiring fashion designers?
I am not sure I am the best advice giver, since I have just left the university steps behind and I couldn’t quite say that I figured out a pattern yet, but I guess my advice to anyone (including myself), no matter the profession is to be persistent and passionate about what you want to do. BY DANA CHELS