Ask the Designer: Where Does Your Inspiration Come From?

Christopher Bastin

GANT

"Design to me didn't come naturally, nor is it something I always knew I wanted to do. I've always been an aesthetic person, extremely picky about details, but that it would translate into designing clothes was never a given. I'm the guy who just happened to be at the right place at the right time. I worked in the industry for almost 12 years before I started to actually design. It kind of crept up on me until I realized 'I could do that better myself.'

"Since I come from the back door so to speak, first working with production, buying, sourcing, and product development rather than deciding on the aesthetics, once I sunk my teeth into the creative side of things, I knew all the parameters that were needed, and what works.

"I think what drove me in the beginning, and still does, is the feeling that I need to prove myself to myself. Lacking a formal design education will always be my Achilles heel, but also my greatest asset. I can't draw worth shit, but the rest is easy. I can envision a garment in every detail, how it sits, the drape, the color, nuances in fabrications and so on. And after all, the only thing important is that I can convey this vision to the manufacturer or the design team in a clear way.

"The feeling of 'when will they realize I'm just bluffing my way through this, what the fuck do I know about anything anyway?' is an emotion I share with anyone involved in creative work, and it's good, 'cause it keeps you on your toes. The second you're not riddled by anxiety's dark horses over your next collection, it's game over."

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