Bernice Miller

...drawing inspiration from an analysis of the mind

My inspiration for this collection (my first) came about from my analysis of the mind under a state of psychosis. I wanted to try and understand what it might feel like to be bound and restricted by the mind and its activities. I am inspired by surrealism.

My collection named "Madame Veronique's journey of Freedom and Restriction" is based upon a fictional character, who after being restricted by life and its events searched and found her freedom. The collection itself demonstrates and communicates strength and power. Some garments are dominating and overpowering (freedom) whereas others are tight and figure encapsulating (restriction). The base fabric for the collection is silk.

This is a couture collection. To keep the collection modern and contemporary, I teamed the silk with waterproof fabric, which has been used to make the coat and jacket. Chiffon printed and plain, silk taffeta printed shirt and dress and silk trousers all make up this culmination of clothing. I love developing new and interesting silhouettes. Print is important to me; it allows you to express your illustrated idea on your garment idea. The oversized sleeves on both my coat and my jacket are made from one piece of fabric built into the body of the coat from the neck down.

I wanted this collection to look simple and quite dramatic (but drama with a purpose), as well as aesthetically pleasing. This collection required a lot of consideration. In my opinion, a collection has to carry a story, it has to have a soul. True fashion is art. There is no point in designing for the sake of designing, as I believe that you will never create the best you can without going through the motions. Yeah it's just fashion at the end of the day, but to create special pieces requires you to be one with your concept exploring all the possible avenues, then and only then will you produce meaningful fashion, not faux fashion.

Bernice is a fashion designer today, because...

I need to be creative in life. Had I not chosen fashion, my life would have still revolved around art.

If Bernice would not have become a designer, she would be...

Ideally, I would have been a singer. However just being surrounded with creatively minded people could have pushed me in any direction.

Bernice spent her life school years...

At secondary school, I was a little bit naughty, not a lot but enough to be told off quite often. At university I was ultra focused on the job at hand, as fashion is not a joke, not for the fainthearted or the easily offended.

Bernice’s friends think...

Most of my friends think I am just DIFFERENT whether that’s a good or bad thing I don’t know? But the one re-occurring thing I always hear about myself from others is that I’m interesting?!

When Bernice was a teenager, she dreamed of being...

Either a singer or a fashion designer. Fashion won because I thought it would be more attainable for me, but hey fashion is just as hard as singing if not harder!

She knew she would become a fashion designer when...

She started to believe that she actually, maybe, had a little bit of talent when encouraged by a couple of tutors.

She would never...

Sell her name

Bernice gets inspired by...

Obscure things like moods and feelings. I like to try and turn these non-visual intangible things into prints/ garments.
The defining moment in her career was...

At present that is non-existent as I am just starting out. However to work in a Parisian fashion house A.K.A. Balenciaga, would be the biggest reward for all my hard work.

For a day, Bernice would like to be...

Loved by the man she is in love with.

In 10 years from now, Bernice would like to see herself...

As a creative director, of an established couture company.

If Bernice ruled the world, she would...

Make pain and departure from earth obsolete

She would describe Bernice’s personality as...

Complicated, deep, never to be understood. She is aware of most things and is very switched on to all that is around her.

If she could live her life again...

Be more grateful at the time that grace had been granted.