Julian Napier is a local theatrical fashion designer with a passion for woman’s couture with a difference. His Garments are designed to be wearable with a theatrical edge to them. At just 26 Julian has already had a great career spanning cinema, music videos and theatre in addition to his seasonal collections.
Since graduating the Australian Institute of Creative Design back in 2011 Julian has worked on a number of creative projects, namely an internship with the costume department of Bad Karma starring Dominic Purcel and Ray Liotta. He was the creative costume designer for short film Seeking Sorrel Wood, Tara Simmons’ music video Be Gone and play Medea: The River Runs Backwards. He has just opened his own studio here on the Gold Coast in Ashmore where he is creating bespoke designs for women who dare to be different.
Just back from the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival after showing his Spring/Summer 2016 collection he chats to Amanda Gorman.
Where do you draw your inspiration from for your collections?
I usually have an idea for a dress/outfit, then I work the inspiration and the rest of the collection around the original concept designs.
Which Industry have you found to be the most interesting to work in?
I have found the costume industry to be the most exciting. The themes of the shows are always different and offer much more creative opportunities.
What can we expect from your new studio here on the Gold Coast?
With the new studio, I’ll have the space to take on more clients for custom pieces and space to explore more creative designs.
You have just featured your latest collection at Sunshine Coast Fashion festival, tell us about the experience?
It was definitely an experience. It was my first time showing at an event this big. It was incredibly hectic, people running everywhere and I was showing towards the end of the show, the wait didn’t help with the nerves. But overall the reaction to the clothes was all very positive.
To check out Julian’s designs,go to www.juliannapier.com.au