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Hi Julie!! It’s a great pleasure to have you as our guest on Vocespettacolo.com. Lets’ start from the first question.. Let’s have a jump into the past. What was your dream since when you were a kid? What would you like to do?
I knew I wanted to design when I was about 7 years old. I loved watching old movies from the 1950’s and 1960’s to see the costumes. My great aunt gave me her sewing machine when I was very young, she was a trim designer in New York. I started with doll dresses, and by the time I reached high school I was making wedding gowns. I was married and had children so I also worked a full time job but continued to design gowns because that is what I love to do.
Who is Julie Danforth?
I grew up in a small town called Gig Harbor, Washington in the USA. I graduated from High School, got married, had children, went to work, but I have never stopped designing in every spare minute I have. I went back to school at Seattle Central College in 1998-1999 and graduated with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Apparel Design. I studied in the summers in London and completed my internships with Paul Costello as a Design Assistant and Angels Costumiers in Camden as a Production Assistant.
How did you start and how was your first experience in the industry?
After completing my degree and my internships I returned to Seattle and worked as a Doll Designer, my first experience as a designer in mass production. I visited the Maryhill Museum in Washington for inspiration, were the collection is displayed of Theatre de le Mode, the original 1945-1946 fashion mannequins from Paris.
Can you tell us something about your experience?
I knew how to sew from an early age, but I didn’t know how to make the patterns and grade them until I went back to college. I continue to challenge myself with designing and showing my work, and at the same time, work with custom clients and sell my work in a Seattle Boutique call The Finerie.
What’s the best and worst aspect of your job?
The worst part, I have two jobs, a full time day job and designing, and the best, my full time job is flexible enough to continue my design work, although it is challenging and the demand for my design work is increasing.
How do you handle the pressure that this type of job involves?
I am just now reaching the point that both jobs are hard to handle. I have to be aware of my commitments and not promise to much. And at the same time plan how I will handle future growth in my Design business for this coming year. I also have some helpful friends in the Seattle fashion business that I am working with to keep my sanity.
What does Julie like the most about herself and what the less?
I love being creative, designing something and then producing it, the down side is that a day seems like a minute and I don’t realize it. Sometimes I get lost in my design work.
What are your best satisfactions you had in your life and career?
I didn’t start designing again until the fall of 2011, and I was asked to be in a big show Metropolitan Fashion Week in the Spring of 2012, that is when I realized that I was a real designer. This was the fourth year I was a designer for Metropolitan Fashion Week and I received the Designer of the Year Award, and then I was invited to the last show in October at Warner Brothers Studios in Hollywood California, an event that I will never forget.
Is life always better than a nice movie?
Yes, I produce it, star in it, and get to keep the memories
What are your project for the future ?
A Spring show for my FW2016 line, I haven’t decided if I will show at Vancouver Fashion Week or Portland Fashion Week. And I just have to make some fantastic couture gowns this year, that’s all I dream about.
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