Omer Asim started out studying Architecture, Economics and Political Science.
His diverse background clearly shows in his designs which filled with abstract, modern lines and extreme fabrics used in a fresh way.
He creates his own definition of luxury as you can see in this preview of his dark A/W11 collection.
Voltcafe: Tell us a short story about yourself.
Omer Asim: I am Sudanese, born and raised in Sudan. My childhood aspiration was to become a fish and marry a mermaid, when I realised that was not possible I wanted to become a vet. Unfortunately, I didn’t like my biology teachers and my only other option was engineering. I came to England to study architecture or civil engineering, but I ended in the rag trade!
VC: Do you feel your background – both ethnic and educational – is reflected in your collections?
OA: Of course! Both my ethnic and educational backgrounds. I design my collections at the pattern cutting table, I don’t like lots of seams in my garments and I try to work un-cut pieces of fabric. However, I do work with conventional seaming every now and then, but the pre- and postmodern forms of dress are very close to my heart.
VC: How and when did you know that you wanted to work in fashion?
OA: I am more interested in fabrics and clothing rather than fashion. A few years ago I began to develop an interest in the body in relation to the human condition, which lead to my interest in fabrics and what people wear. The picture was complete when I discovered the pattern cutting side of things. I knew then that I wanted to design.
VC: From where do you get inspiration?
OA: The end of one collection always triggers the start of the next one. I think I am still developing my first ever collection, I don’t rely on visual or cultural references for my collections. I prefer to explore an abstract subject in depth, for example, my last collection was developed around ‘BLACK’. I never used to like black and I never thought of it as a colour, but lately I began to see everything I design in black! It might have something to do with getting older…
VC: What’s your work in progress like, has it changed with time?
OA: The way I do things hasn’t changed a lot, but I am learning to have more respect for time and allow for the fact that I will change my mind. I fall out of love very easily with things that I have done, so the first pieces that I make in any one collection tend to get weeded out as I get closer to shooting my lookbooks. I begin to develop new ideas in the last week of making the collection and that’s how the following collection starts.
VC: Tell us about your new collection A/W11
OA: It is about the essence of black, is it a color or a shade? When I started looking for black fabrics I realized that I prefer certain blacks to others, some textures only work in small proportions and other textures are more forgiving. Of course there is pleating because I can’t live without it, but this time it was simpler. There is no theme to the collection other than it is a varied black collection, and for someone who used to hate black that is a big deal.
VC: What is your main goal at the moment?
OA: I’m already thinking about the next collection for S/S12, it is very important to build the momentum but I think I need a holiday!
VC: Who would you like to see dressed in Omer Asim?
OA: Zaha Hadid. Aung San Suu Kyi. Natalie Portman. Michelle Obama.
Photographer – Oscar Foster-Kane | Styling – Emelie Hultqvist | Make-up – Rebekah Lidstone | Model – Ellen @ Elite
Designer – Erte
Style Icon – Vivienne Westwood
Film – Tea with Mussolini
Art – How can you favor one art over another?
Music – Eclectic/ Chilled House
Place – The Pacific Ocean (although I haven’t been)
Boutique – Dover Street Market
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