Interview with designer Wendy Rombouts

Introducing: Wendy Rombouts
Edited by: Liselotte Fleur

Wendy Rombouts is a 25 years old fashion designer. She studied Fashion & Design at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and just participated in the Dutch television program ‘Beat the Top Designer’ (part 2). She also had an exposition during the Amsterdam Fashion Week Downtown called ‘ Human Origin’. In this exhibition she showed us that we descend from the fish. In her design she created the new human body, to achieve this she used recognizable elements of the fish and humans.

How did you get interested in becoming a fashion designer?
When I was a kid, I had a big interest in drawing. Especially fashion drawings. I can remember I had a game, that was called ‘modewijzer’. But the moment I touched a sewing machine, I knew I had to do something with fashion!

How do you get inspiration for designing clothes?
My inspiration could come everywhere. Mostly the small things in life inspires me, and the funny thing is, it almost never has to do anything with fashion.

How would you describe your style of fashion?
A little bit weird, but modern. For me it’s like art.

What was your latest collection and what was the concept behind the collection?
My graduation collection: ‘human origin’. It’s about the human existence. People say we descend from the apes, but I’m convinced, we descend from the fish. So I thought this would be a great moment to let the human body reborn by design a collection of 8 outfits. In this collection I used elements from the fish and also from humans to create new shapes.

What are you working on now?
At the 26th of January 2012 I had my own exhibition at Amsterdam International Fashionweek Downtown, so I was really busy to get everything done for that event. At the end of January I would like to start a new collection.

How do you see yourself in the ‘fashion world’?
I have no idea. It’s a hard world, there are a lot of good young designers, but I’m also my opinion that a lot of fashion people are fake. I’m not that type of girl. It’s all about my work, not about me.

What can we expect to see from you in the future?
I hope to start my own label as soon as possible!

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