by Sara Caspi
Hello my long lost friends! It has been months since my last post (apologies) but I was caught up in finishing my final year of lingerie school and the pace at which I was working made it difficult to connect. Since we last spoke, I was able to get to the Paris lingerie trade show, Interfiliere - which is just about the most amazing lingerie trade show in existence at the moment, and certainly the largest. I was able to catch up with a few designers there and will get more into detail on them in a future post. For now though, I really wanted to do a quick catchup, and reveal a concept that I had for showcasing some of my amazing coursemates and future lingerie designers that you should get to know.
As an overview, this year was the toughest for me thus far. My burnout had reached a climax and I was already operating at about 60% of my max, but giving every last ounce of that 60%. It was emotionally challenging, because after living abroad since 2009, homesickness and my long-distance relationship coupled with the dreary and endless English winter made it feel near impossible to finish at times. I can honestly say that while I thought I had reached the precipice of self-sacrifice and willpower in 2011, 2012 breathed an entirely new meaning into those words.
I felt like a toddler learning to run; quickening my pace only to trip on my own feet and fall over while having to drag myself up repeatedly, occasionally staying seated and stalling out of frustration, before getting up to try again. I have never known the limits of what I was capable of before I came on this course, and I can honestly say, that I have, and I've passed them now.
A highlight of my course is that once a year, the final year students get to compete for 1 of 20 spaces on a catwalk held in London, sponsored by various companies in the lingerie industry, targeted at Press people and buyers, and is an opportunity to showcase the best of what my university has to offer. Today, I was selected for one of these exclusive spots and could not be more humbled and proud. Our final collection of 6 outfits are a way to showcase ourself, and one of the ways that we want to have our 'coming out' into the lingerie world. It's a voice of who we think we are as designers, pushing ourselves to utilize the skills we have been developing and sharpening since we arrived. It doesn't mean that the style we choose is all we can do, but it's the best way we felt we could demonstrate our vision, skill and execution. In addition to the elation I felt today, I also felt a sadness for the girls that didn't make the final cut. Our year has become a sisterhood, a lingerie sorority of ambitious and talented women who share the same drive and passions, and the final collections that have come out of it are so incredible, I thought that I wanted to do a series of features on some of my coursemates, to give them a voice, and you an introduction of up-and-coming lingerie designers to keep your eyes on.
I hope you're as excited as I am, as the styles are as different as their personalities, and I could not be more proud to be part of this graduating class of 2012. A true honor to work alongside each and every one of them.