So how did you become a fashion designer?
Well, I am Self-taught and self-made. I’ve always had a strong interest and desire in fashion. I started imagining styles in my head and then I would start sketching…
You name it, fashion accessories, knee-high boots, shoes, sneakers, blouses, skirts and dresses. I started teaching myself how to sew. I bought my first sewing machine, (a Brother) and started gathering up fabrics to start making clothing for myself. I’d wear them, and everywhere I went, all eyes on me… Looks and compliments from men and women. (Laughing)
I decided that I was going to get in to fashion design, to make beautiful things for women and have them wear it. (Smiling) The Key was to showcase my fashion work on other women. That’s where my fashion models came in…
My First Born Fashion Baby, Tina – up there rocking the very first fashion dress I designed and made specially for her…
I wanted to make a fashion dress that was gonna COMMAND ATTENTION, but at the same time, be heavily stylish… and seXy.
And so it is.. Lovely Queen!
I was so happy when she said she loved the dress, that it’s beautiful.
It made the work really worth doing.
Clothing: Handmade bandeau
animal print fashion dress
Design & Production: #DesignerAfi
I certainly appreciate the girls for choosing to model with my brand and collaborate with me. They didn’t have to believe in me, but they both did. I show my token of appreciation by presenting great pics, high quality photos, shout-outs showing them luv and showcasing their talents boldly. (Smiles)
I believe that there is a network for everyone, no matter what your business goals are. You just have to find and connect with your target audience. When the audience that loves what you do, they are going to show support and keep up with you. There’s No Exceptions to this rule.
I absolutely LOVE designing stuff.
I have the creative mind to do great things.
I am Definitely More of a designer, than a seamstress because I can put together some styles to create something highly loveable! The fashion sewing part of things have it’s reward when the project is finished, sewing overall is work. It does take time and energy to make things with the sewing machine. And the fancier you want it, the more time and labor needs to be put in to make it right. But until I upgrade to the level where I can afford to pay an experienced and high quality sewing and production team, I’ll be doing it myself.. It is what it is!
I’m attracted most to working with fabric designs that steal the attention when you walk in to a place. (Wink and smile) I have a strong imagination for creative blends of colors, patterns and prints. #workwonders… LOL!
I like to go fabric shopping to see all the beautiful colors, tones and designs. There is so much material to work with, when you open your fashion mind. I could create new designs for decades!
My Second Born Fashion Baby, Lucie – up there rocking the second fashion dress I designed and made specially for her…
This dress may be the second dress
of introduction, but it
DEFINITELY earns its place
at the table of Queens, Kings and Rulers!
I was thrilled when she said she loved this.
It was fuel for my fashion design ignition.
Clothing: Handmade patterned
stripes fashion dress
Design & Production: #DesignerAfi
How you feeling about crafting things into a realized clothing collection?
Honestly, I feel GREAT! I am taking it one step at a time, slowly building a fashion collection comprised of different things. I could hang out at a huge fashion fabric warehouse to test and browse different fabrics all day long! There is so much to learn with using and sewing with different materials. That’s why the opportunities are virtually endless to create hot, unique styles every day.
Which of your pieces are you most proud of?
Hands down – the strapless dresses! They’re exotic and fiesty just like Me! LOL!
When I design something, I can tell that I have grown in sewing knowledge and gained more insight and experience because I put even more effort in to a high quality yet efficient design compared to when I was much younger when I first started out, learning and growing with fashion intrigue and knowledge.
What’s a goal that you dream of achieving?
In all of this, I ultimately vision myself owning a production team, a warehouse that holds fashion fabric and a production team that will carry out my design ideas and turn them all in to real tangible products! Yes!
Diamondfire Apparel is Global, for women of various sizes today and it’s Diverse. (smiling)
How would you define your style?
I’m complex… It’s all on my mood and where I’m going. I can wear jeans and a t-shirt, leggings, a pretty blouse and some open-toe sandals, a mini-dress and knee-hi boots and a nice blouse or a patterned dress… I don’t Have a particular style luv, I AM STYLE. (smiling wink)
How can we find you on social media?
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- Diamondfire Apparel | Facebook Fan Page
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March 21, 2019 – Much Luv and Shout Out to Bia from CNF Magazine for this Fashion Interview
Bia, It’s the support of people like you that keep me moving forward. I appreciate you!