There’s nothing quite like wearing a unique piece, that nobody else owns & that fits perfectly. Yasss!
Enter Olga, who I met at a Chelsea party held by Natasha of The Flower Fashion. Originally from the Ukraine, Olga left Personal Asset Management to pursue fashion design. A brave move, but this lady has talent & a vision. She mixes stylish designs, bright colours, & comfortable cuts. Above are some examples of her designs, charming & colourful. My favourite is the blue coat! How about yours?
If you fancy seeing some of Anderson House Spring/Summer designs, check out this event.
Read on to learn more of Olga’s creative process & journey.
Q&A WITH OLGA ANDERSON, OF ANDERSON HOUSE
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to interview with us Olga. Please tell us about yourself. How did you become interested in fashion design?
I must admit it took me awhile to get to where I am now. There were those in my life who were saying that fashion is only a fancy, a whim and that one should have a ‘proper’ job in order to be ‘useful’ to the society. Hence, my two degrees and stints in various industries that were considered ‘serious’ and/or ‘useful’ enough. I, however, always felt the need to make clothes as it was the only way I could express myself. It is always a challenge figuring out how to do what you love while getting paid. I took a plunge and I finally found the ways in which I am most fulfilled.
Please tell us more about the design process? Do you have a particular muse in mind when you start sketching?
Not having a formal education in fashion is probably why I do not have a process as such and from the side it all might look quite chaotic. I draw all the time and have lots bits of paper of various sizes around my home, the studio and in my bag! Once I feel that I have enough material for a collection I just pool it all together and work on the final touches. Though currently most of my work is bespoke – I work closely with clients and draw individual items or whole wardrobes for them.
I would love to say that I have a muse! It sounds all so very romantic! (laughter) Unfortunately, I don’t. I have many (usual) sources of inspiration – art galleries, books, theatre but my main sources of inspiration are fabric stores and real people. I can spend hours in fabric shops admiring various patterns, textures and colours. It is usually after such visits that I am full of ideas. Real people inspire me. When I talk to my clients, when I look at their wardrobes I want to create something that will bring a difference to their life, however small. The best thing about my work is making people beautiful, confident and, subsequently, happy.
Fashion has long been used to make a statement. What does a design by Olga Anderson “tell” the world?
I truly believe in colours, love wearing them and always encourage my clients to do so. Keeping things colourless is easy: one never has to put much thought into getting dressed on one side and doesn’t draw attention through clothing on the other. What is a better way there to move through life virtually unnoticed than dressing like a shadow?! Colours have an effect on our psyche and it is always affecting us whether we are aware of it or not. I encourage my clients to have fun with colours, not to blend in with everyone else around them and be brave enough to stand out from the crowd.
Could you share a style tip with the readers?
Though I encourage wearing colours I plead to pay close attention to the fact that they should be harmonious between themselves and correspond well with one’s colour type and that one shouldn’t mix more than four colours in one look. I also truly believe that there is no such a thing as ‘not a stylish person’, there are only clothes that have been chosen incorrectly.
Who is the Olga Anderson woman and what does she want out of life?
She is confident, knows what she wants and how to get it and not afraid of showing it.
How do you see the brand evolving in the next year? in 5 years? You have a colourful, playful collection, do you see yourself branching out into designing other products?
I definitely see the brand growing though at a comfortable, manageable pace. I like that my collections are limited editions and I prefer to stay small and exclusive. I would love to concentrate more on bespoke clothing; this is something that is truly close to my heart.
In terms of other products you will be the first to know! (laughter) I am thinking of bags and a couple of them will be ready in the next few weeks.
What single piece of advice would you give to other women aspiring to go into fashion design?
Patience, patience, patience. Consistent hard work and reaching out to anyone and everyone who you to want to collaborate with really does pay off in the end.
Who is your role model or someone that inspires you?
I am the most inspired by the people who have gotten over the hurdles and created the kind of life they envisaged for themselves.
My mum is my role model – she possesses boundless optimism and a belief in me even at times when things don’t go according to plan, well, according to my plan.
What is your motto in life?
May I have two, please? (laughter) ‘Keep going, eventually you will get there’ and ‘Everything you do, no matter how dumb, is teaching you something’.
How do you spend your spare time? Your favourite way to unwind?
To unwind I run or ride a bike. I love reading and always have few books on the go.
If you could create a single design for one woman in the world, who would you choose, and why would she be your ideal client?
It would be my mum and I want to create loads of designs for her. Just to say the smallest of ‘thank you’ for everything she has ever done for me. I am greatly indebted.
Thank you again for taking the time out of your busy schedule to interview with us Olga! We are honoured to support the Anderson House launch!
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