There are many young designers who have a great talent and just need to be recognized. Adilya Zhumabayeva, a young student designer, not only dreams about creating a famous label, but about being able to find and promote talent. Just like her personal heroes, The Antwerp SIX, she wants to tell the world that there are many talented designers in Kazakhstan. So far she is on the right track. She still has two more years to study, but she already received first place in, “Russian Silhouette,” during the regional round for international competition for young designers. So be sure to root for her in October of 2015 when she’ll fight for the first place in Moscow, Russia.
Name: Adilya Zhumabaeva
Role: Student Designer
CollegeFashionista: Tell me more about your collection that gave you first place in this competition?
Adilya Zhumabaeva: The collection is called “La peau de chagria.” Same as a book I love by Honoré de Balzac. The book is about irony and people’s egoistic nature. So that’s what I tried to reflect in my collection. The collection is very gothic and it’s all about the different kinds of forms and breaking them.
CF: How would you describe your own style?
AZ: Comfort is the most important aspect to me. I love wearing simple jeans and T-shirts, but I also love interesting pieces. Sometimes simple clothes and simple accessories can create a very interesting look.
CF: What are your career goals in life?
AZ: I want to be able to find talent in Kazakhstan. I want to open up my own school for designers, so kids can start learning about fashion and design from a very young age. I want the whole world to know about Kazakh designers.
CF: What are you plans for the near future?
AZ: I am hoping to spend a semester abroad in Belgium. I want to study in Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts and work on creating my next line to win Russian Silhouette.
CF: What fashion advice would you give to our readers?
AZ: I think you should always be yourself. No matter what you wear don’t lose yourself. I personally love to mix things that sometimes seem to be unmixable.
Learn More: Keep an eye on a young designer and don’t forget to check the winner of the “Russian Silhouette.” You might recognize her name!