Designer Cassandra Delvey wants to make you feel pretty. Be sure to RSVP for your tickets and watch her pretty up the runway on Thursday, August 19th at the Orange County RAW showcase at Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach!
How did you first get started making accessories?
Some of my early interest in fashion design started in high school - I was really into swing dancing and wearing vintage clothing; I didn't want to damage my clothes so I decided I should make some of my own to dance in and wear to school. I bought a bunch of vintage patterns, picked out some pretty fabrics and made clothes with my mom's help on the sewing machine. Later in college, I couldn't decide on what major or career I really wanted; I went from film (I wanted to be a cinematographer), to dance and jazz history, to sign language interpretation - taking sewing classes almost the whole time "just for fun". Then one semester I took a pattern making class and it all felt so natural - and like I said to a classmate and friend one day, fashion just seems to be my destiny.
Tell us about your clothing line.
Being a petite girl myself (aka short), I know there's a need out there for cute clothes made in petite-friendly proportions. So my clothing and accessories bring together my love of vintage styles, in petite-friendly sizes. I also dislike mass-produced low-quality junk, so everything is handmade with love and good craftsmanship.
From where do you draw inspiration for your work?
Aside from vintage clothing, my second biggest inspiration comes from movies - I'm most inspired by movies that are atmospheric and visually stunning; killer wardrobes can't hurt either! I also find inspiration in photography, couture (Dior is my favorite), fabrics, and reading people's personal style blogs. I could spend hours just looking around lookbook.nu
How would you describe your design aesthetic?
I call it "vintage-inspired whimsical finery." Feminine, romantic and playful - not at all trashy or very edgy, just pretty.
What sort of woman/individual do you have in mind when designing your line?
Young, or youthful - not so modern but not totally old-fashioned either. She enjoys having her own economic freedom and loves fashion. She also likes what appeals to the senses - good food, art, film and music, and isn't the hard-partying type.
Do you engage in, or draw inspiration from, any other forms of art?
Even though I don't aspire to be a cinematographer anymore, I'll always love film and looking at beautiful photos. Sometimes I'm really into classic black-and-whites, or gialli, or bad exploitation b-movies from the 70's, or 80's slasher horror, or sci fi and fantasy - I just LOVE movies. Some people have music playing as they create, I prefer to have movies playing.
What do you love most about what you do?
My favorite parts are both the beginning and the end of the whole process. I love doing research -seeking out inspiration and looking for emerging trends. And later when something is finished and I can look at it and say "Wow, I made that and it's beautiful". But especially if someone else puts it on and feels like she is beautiful too.
When you're not designing clothes, what do you enjoy doing/ any other involvement?
I'm really boring - I'm happy just getting some good Thai take-out and watching a movie with my awesome boyfriend. I also love vintage and thrift store shopping. I look forward to the days I can spend just walking around the circle at Old Towne Orange, or bounce around the county going to all my favorite thrift stores.
What sort of techniques do you most like working with?
It's actually pretty ironic - with my appreciation of Haute Couture and good old-fashioned high quality construction, I dread hand sewing. Anything I can do on a machine makes me happy. I guess part of my modern-ness is a need for instant gratification.
Why showcase at RAW?
Because everything RAW does is to help the artists share their beautiful creations. It's easy to get a little lost in creating, so having someone come to you and say "Hey, I like what your doing, let me do this for you" is pretty awesome.
Are there any fashion designers, past or present, that strongly inform and influence your work?
The designers that influence my work seem to change pretty frequently, and sometimes I don't even pay attention to what designers have done for a season or so. But I'd say a few consistent favorites are Dior (both original & Galliano versions), Alice Temperley, and Erin Featherston
Are there any specific reoccurring themes or subjects that you explore most in your work?
Only my vintage daydreams.