DESIGN INTERVIEW

 

Megan Park is an iconic Australian/International Fashion Designer, who creates beautifully detailed and feminine pieces that are coveted by many women throughout the world. She speaks of her inspirations in travel and nature and gives some advice to budding Designers.

 

 

 

Fashion Designer

Megan Park

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OM

Did you always dream of being a designer and how did your journey begin in design?

MP

Funnily enough, from the age of 10 I dreamt of becoming a designer.  I sewed dolls clothes that I sold at the church fete, I chose the secondary school with the best sewing department.  I was accepted to study fashions at RMIT before landing my first job as a designer for the eponymous bridal wear label Mariana Hardwick, back in the early 90’s.

OM

Where is your shop/studio located and what style would you say bests describes it?

MP

Our head office/ design studio is situated in the heart of Fitzroy, Melbourne in a late 19th century warehouse. It is a fantastic place to be based, a 5 minute walk from our home and in the heart of Melbourne’s café culture.
We have 2 stand alone retail stores – one in Fitzroy on Gertrude street and the other on High Street in Armadale.  Both retail spaces have been designed by my architect husband Anthony Cox who has created environments in which to
tell the complete Megan Park story. The fit outs are pretty subdued, combining the natural textures oak and brass. There is a sense of calm I feel when walking into one of our stores which is imparted from the energy of our staff to the interior of the stores which speak back to all things natural and hand crafted. 

OM

What does a day look like in the life of Megan Park?

MP

Once at work, I cannot start without a good coffee from one of our nearby cafes. We have an open plan office and so I am very much involved with all  that goes on with each person in our team- across each of the areas – production, marketing, retail and distribution.  When designing I need to shut myself away to be able to focus purely on the creative and not be distracted by the
nuts and bold of running a business.  Currently I am designing the Winter 2020 collection and so alongside my design assistant I am busily sketching, collecting colours, directing print design, issuing spec sheets and preparing for our trip to India in a few weeks during which we will put all that is on paper into sampling.  By the time we leave India after our 3 week stay of
working alongside our team of tailors and embroiderers we will hopefully have our collection complete. Luckily my husband also works in our business and so fortunately we have the flexibility to  juggle work and children. We share drop off and pick up and
the shuttle of our children to the  numerous after school activities that keep us all busy until unwinding over dinner together around the table at night.

OM

What inspires your creativity?

MP

I trawl flea markets in Paris, vintage stores in London and New York and find inspirational textiles from countryside vintage shops in Australia. I have a huge archive of  antique embroideries and textiles that I dip into and revisit each season when seeking inspiration. I watch what is going on in fashion, but am not dictated by it. I love to surf the net to see what people are wearing around the globe and it might be an interesting colour combo that can set the vibe of the palette for the season to come.

OM

What are your top three flowers to work with and why?

MP

Oh dear we are back to the hard questions again! This changes almost everyday as the season progresses and new things become available to me. But if absolutely pushed I would say Cow Parsley (in fact many plants considered weeds are among my favourites), hellebores and fritillaries (don't make me choose between them!) and garden roses and dahlias. Arghh but what about all the others!!! Blossom, sweet peas, foxgloves, annual phlox, Tiarella - I could go on and on! 

OM

What is your favourite perfume?

MP

Jasmine.

OM

What is the highlight of your career to date?

MP

I guess what I remember most distinctly were the moments early in my career when all was very new and exciting. One that always makes me smile was reading an article written by the editor of British Vogue, Alexandra Shulman, in which she described her predicament of getting dressed to meet the Queen for lunch at Buckingham Palace on International Women’s Day. With
the help of her young son she chose to wear Megan Park and Prada. I thought I had made it at that point! 

OM

What advice would you give to people new to floristry?

MP

To take every opportunity given to you whether it be interning for free, working for little,  connecting with as many people as you can from the industry. The connections you can make and what you can learn from these experiences will set up apart from the crowd those that are aspire to working in the industry as a designer. 

OM

Thanks so much to Megan for taking the time to share some insights into her amazing life x 
www.meganpark.com.au

 

 

 

 

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