Sorapol

...searching for answers through creativity

Sorapol was born in Bangkok, Thailand on the 24th of March 1988. After completing a course in Fashion Design & Illustration he left for London, where he enrolled at the London College of Fashion studying a BA in Womenswear. Sorapol felt that his degree was not allowing him to break free from the trends that are endlessly recycled. His most significant influences have in fact come from outside the classroom, from the people who surround him, the country he grew up in and the cultures he has experienced on his travels.

Nothing inspires me like...
Since I was born, I have always been curious as to why everything happens. Why are we humans? Why do we have to eat? Why do we have to reproduce through sex? Why do we have to have culture and religion? All my life I have been searching for these answers. Most of the questions, I try to answer through my creativity. The distribution of culture is unbalanced in this world, which I believe is incorrect.

I hope…
That people can avoid judgement. I wish everyone would stop being so negative towards others for no reason. We should not be competing – there is room for everyone's creativity. We would get further in this world if everyone worked together.

Cultural influences…
Culture is a lifestyle. I have been to see many different parts of the world, where everyone has created their individual culture. From this, I have managed to create my own culture.

I got where I am...
By wanting to push boundaries. When I was studying, I was told to conform and that I should make commercial clothes. I realised that school was not the only thing that would help me to succeed. I understand realistically commercial clothes will sell, but I needed to leave the circle.

Fashion can sometimes...
Be misunderstood by a difference of opinions. The world needs people to stop being judgmental, and start respecting different concepts of fashion.

I sense…
That there will be a shift in the dynamics of fashion. I think young designers should be give more of a chance because they are bringing a huge amount of enthusiasm into the fashion world through their brands.

Love now because…
Read forward to ‘Love is’...

Creativity comes from…
An eclectic mix of visuals, experiences, survival and cultural inspirations.

I have never...
Kept an idea in. Its important to share ideas, even if you don’t think they are that great at the time.

Love is…
Read back to ‘Love now because’

Pain comes from...
Expectations.

I don’t think...
People should conform. I think you should be true to yourself and your identity. Its important not to follow trends, but to stick with your instinct.

I like making...
My dreams come true.

I've been a buddhist...
To keep myself on track and ensure that I don’t get lost along the way.

I wouldn’t want...
Peoples lives to be driven by politics and consumerism.