Australian artisan fashion house, JUDE, has just launched their latest collection titled Tourmaline. The A/W18 collection features a darkly romantic tale of the protective power of dressing up, using clothing as a talisman to reconnect with one’s identity. I got the chance to sit down with the Head Designer and Founder of the luxe label, Jude Ng, who gave me an insight into how he started and what he loved about working in the fashion industry!
In 2 – 3 paragraphs, tell me about yourself:
Creative independent fashion designer who is passionate about creating slow fashion which is ethically made in Melbourne.
How did you start out in the fashion industry and who inspired you?
I have always been interested in fashion from a young age, but had always looked at it through the viewpoint of art. A lot of influence came through my parents – my dad was an antiques and art dealer, and my mother was a fashion fanatic who loved designer clothes. I think all of this played a big part in inspiring my creativity. I was always sketching, painting, and creating from an early age. My dream was always to be an artist. After studying fine arts formally, I decided that fashion was the natural route for me, as I wanted my work to reach a wider audience and I believed fashion would be the perfect medium.
How long have you been industry now?
About 4 years now.
Your current collection, Tourmaline, tell me what inspired you to create this collection?
In this A/W 18 collection titled “Tourmaline”, we were inspired by the protective power of dressing up, using clothing as an amulet to fortify the wearer as they travel through their daily life. Much like a tourmaline amulet, the lush textures, deeply rich colours, and functional, sculpted shapes of the collection are layered together to create versatile outfits with longevity.
What is your favourite thing about working in the industry?
I very much enjoy all aspects of the creative process – from design to patternmaking to sourcing fabrics and constructing garments. I also enjoy getting to meet creative people from all different walks of life, who inspire me everyday.
If you weren’t doing what you are doing, what would be your alternate career and why?
I would be an Artist, most probably a painter.
Finish this sentence, when I’m not being healthy, I am…
Eating chocolate. J
What is your biggest motivation to keep you striving for success?
I think it is being able to do what I love and making a living from it, just having the freedom to do something I care about and believe in.
What words of wisdom do you have for people who want to get into the industry?
Definitely staying true to yourself in your aesthetic and ethos.
To shop their latest Tourmaline collection, click here.