By Rani Pickering
After picking up a needle and thread at age 10, Tayler Anderson decided that fashion was for her.
zygomorfic, Anderson’s graduate collection, showcases eco-friendly intimate apparel consisting of soft bras, underwear, bodysuits, and lounge pieces for everyday wear. By employing minimal amounts synthetic materials, she hopes to bring back the use of natural fabrics in the fashion industry.
zygomorfic will be unveiled at 2017 The Show presented by Tamoda Apparel Inc., on April 5 and 6 at the Imperial (319 Main Street). Twenty-seven other lines by Kwantlen Polytechnic University Fashion Design and Technology students will also be showcased.
Rani Pickering: Describe your collection.
Tayler Anderson: zygomorfic is a collection of intimate apparel intended for everyday wear. I focused on using natural fabrics while keeping a modern look.
RP: Who or what was the inspiration behind your line?
TA: I’m very inspired by beauty found in nature, as well as patterns and symmetry that occur organically. I combined that with a clean, modern aesthetic to create the mood of my collection. I chose to make undergarments because I love lingerie but hate synthetic fabrics. Most lingerie you find is made from synthetic fibres that don’t break down very well after their life in your closet. In contrast, most undergarments made from natural fabrics lack style.
RP: Walk me through your creative process.
TA: When I design products there’s always something personal behind it. I get inspiration from how I’m feeling and the people around me. I also love colour, so that’s usually where I start. If I can relate a colour to something in nature then I’m happy.
RP: What have you learned at KPU?
TA: I think the main thing I’ve learned at KPU is how to adapt to sudden changes and challenges, and how to learn from the people around me. It’s really nice that we learn about so many different aspects of the fashion industry.
RP: How do you set yourself apart from other designers?
TA: I think I’ve always strived to set myself apart from others: I do what my heart says even if I’m doubted or told that something won’t work. My retail experience has really helped me understand how consumers think and why they purchase. I first design from my feelings, then for my customer.
RP: What’s next for you?
TA: I want to be more connected to our planet. I want to help make progress in the fashion industry towards less waste and more slow fashion. There’s also an entrepreneurial spirit in me, so I’m excited about pursuing something of my own one day.