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Successful Fashion Designer Sabrina Zrag knows exactly what hard work, determination, perseverance and passion can produce. Durtti wants to find out what valuable life lessons she most treasures.
If you weren’t a fashion designer, Sabrina, what other career would you love to pursue?
Before attending an art school in a design school in fashion design, I attended makeup school at the age of 16 to be a special make-up artist.
Who or what inspires your designs most of all and why?
Everything inspires me – absolutely everything – art, nature, music, the ghetto of the world, my environment of life.
What would be the first thing you would like to change if you became the U.S. President?
I do not know the environment of Americans, or their difficulties, but the biggest test that I have had to face was uncertainty, lack of job security and precarity, so I would say to overcome unemployment and precarity.
What do you love most about visiting new places that you have never been to before?
I would have loved to travel, but unfortunately I have not yet had the opportunity to travel much, but there are plenty of countries and places I would like to visit.
I’d like to discover new cultures, new traditions, new decors, even in the food. I adore the cuisines of the world.
What type of materials and textiles do you most love to work with and why?
I do not favour a single material, but if I had to choose one that I adore it would be neoprene.
I like the shape that it takes when the clothes are finished. It gives a strict and structured side. The clothes take the form alone.
Is there anything you think you could never live without?
My work, really. I adore my work. We create real happiness when we get to do what we love. I also love nothing more than working on my sketches without a time limit.
Everybody has good days and bad days. How do you try and lift your spirits when you are not feeling great about something?
I try to do different things, things that I do not regulate like going to an exhibition or in the museum or art gallery.
I ‘take to air’ to melt the spirits!
Which 3 people do you most admire in the fashion industry and why?
It’s really hard to answer this question, I admire so many creative people but those I admire the most I would say, Iris Van herpen, Alexander McQueen and Rick Owens.
What’s the best business advice you have ever been given?
Learn from my mistakes and those of others.
Do you think you react the same when you are having a bad day as you did 5 years ago, or would you say you have changed and now try to deal with obstacles differently?
I would say that I have changed, I no longer let my emotions have an impact on my choices or my descions. I also use my money differently now.
What effect do you think affordable 3D printing technology will have on the fashion industry in the next 5 years?
It is a great step in innovation. It is already revolutionising the world of haute couture and I think that in 5 years we as designers will be able to do much more with this incredible technology.
Finally, Sabrina, with the benefit of your experience, what advice would you be able to give to a fashion design student who would like to build their own commercially viable label, but they just don’t know where to start to get things off the ground?
Creating your own brand is a project that requires a lot of patience to invest personally, but also much sacrifice, whether financial or private. Hard to hear but it is true.
But for the love of your chosen trade, it is necessary to sweat and persevere!