MARINA MILOSEVSKA

...exploring the power of opposites

Growing up in a tiny village in the south of Sweden, I first came to London to do a Foundation Year in Art and Design at London College of Fashion. As far back as I can remember, I was always drawing clothes and despite all the hours I spent practising, my drawing skills are still very poor. However, after finishing my Foundation Studies, I got to learn so many new ways to communicate my visions and ideas, so I decided to continue my studies at LCF by attending the BA womenswear course, which I successfully graduated from in 2008. My graduate collection was mainly inspired by two friends of mine who are each other’s complete opposite; Stewart who is big and Chris who everything is too big on. The collection was created with the aim to give a playful view of the human body and gender issues rather than taking fashion too seriously.

Playing around with shapes, discovering the opposites and different silhouettes provided space to experiment with the body consciousness that we constantly surround ourselves with. The battle of size remains regardless of sex or gender, so I was just trying to bring fun and naivety into fashion and, as I often do, looking into menswear inspired me to use classical and high quality materials such as wool, cotton and leather.

Regardless of all the fun, hard work and everything, I learnt when creating my collection that the pieces included are there because of their high quality, personality and crafted finish. This will always be my aim in my future work and projects as it’s my way of communicating with my surroundings.

Nothing inspires me like…
People and personalities.

I hope…
One day for all people to wake up and smell the coffee and let there be peace, we only have one world to share.

Cultural influences…
Are everywhere, everyday and always a crucial element of inspiration.

I got where I am...
Because I wanted, but never expected to be.

Fashion can sometimes...
Be cruel; cheap clothes mean cheap labour and horrible working conditions. Fast-moving trends and disposable fashion need to slow down.

I scream when…
I see mice running across my floor.

Money makes…
People greedy, but is helpful and necessary to be creative and to feel a sense of freedom.

Love now because…
You’ll never know when you’ll love again.

Faith in…
Yourself and others makes life a little bit easier.

Creativity comes from…
A special place within us all, but some people have special powers to get it out in various ways, which makes our surroundings a nicer place.

Love is…
The best thing and equally the worst thing that can happen to you.

I suck…
At drawing and painting.

Studios make me…
Want to start working on something immediately because I love the spoilt space compared to home.

I'm a perfectionist…
And the biggest critic of my own work.

I love getting older...
Because I appreciate the fact that I will learn something new every day for the rest of my life.