Spotlight on Fashion Designer Chelsey Carter
While doing research on Chicago designers, I stumbled upon the work of the extremely talented Chelsey Carter. Her designs were very edgy and I was especially obsessed with Carters "anti peter Pan collar". I learned carter designs for her label named, "Alex Carter". I knew I had to reach out and with some Instagram stalking I succeeded at contacting her. I asked Carter for an interview and she answered some questions about her design process and so much more. Carter is currently working on a new collection which seems to be amazing. One of the pieces in her new collection can be seen, on artist Eryn Allen Kane, in the images below. Please follow Carter on Instagram for more updates on her new collection.
Where does your artistic influence come from?
My influences are purely based on silhouettes and emotions.
What is your philosophy about the art of fashion?
As a female designer for a female customer, my philosophy about the art of fashion is to reconnect to idea behind a woman illustrating sex appeal without being overlay provocative. Less is always more-simplicity is key.
How did you develop your interest in fashion design?
My initial interest in fashion was sparked by my art teacher in high school. She placed the bug in my ear and printed out and guided me through my college application. With the support and encouragement of my family and my high school art teacher, my development began.
What is your design process?
A complete thought is where my design process begins. I then build on sub topics to help support my initial idea. These sub topics are illustrated through details, silhouettes and textiles. I run a one man show and I am very proud of that fact. I act as my own illustrator, pattern maker, textile buyer, sample maker and seamstress. My design process is organic and raw.
What is the most challenging part of being a designer?
The most challenging part of being a designer is feeding your creative soul and your pockets. Finding the balance of making my aesthetic correlate to the needs of my customers has been a beautiful craze.
How do you describe your fashion/style?
My personal style I would say is comfortable, I enjoy being a woman and grow more and more comfortable with my female physique, my style reflects that. Comfortability in my ever-changing skin - as a woman.
How does your work reflect your personal style?
My work reflects my personal style in the same way. My goal is to encourage woman to be comfortable in their own skin, sexy is what you make it. All shades, all heights and all shapes, every woman on our planet has beauty! My clothes have an effortless ease about them,
In your design career, what has been your most notable moment?
The most notable moment to date in my career is being nominated for Chicago's best designer.
Who is your dream client?
There are a few of my dream clients, can't name only one. Solange Knowles, Kelis, Nicole Richie, Santigold and Erykah Badu.
Where do you envision your brand going?
In the near future, I envision the brand moving to an international platform and having a few accounts overseas that sell Alex Carter. Expansion into menswear and maybe children's wear. Continuing to embody the same morals and aesthetics that I started with. Starting small and building big.
Lastly, I would like to thank Carter for taking time to answer these questions and for providing these amazing photos which were taken by Anthony Trevino.
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