With a lot of global designers looking more towards sustainability and avoidance of unnecessary waste, according to London based British designer Isabel Manns, it’s imperative to also give the consumers interesting options like the reversible pieces (print and plain side) which the brand and Isabel who also happens to be a textile/print designer is known for.
Before starting her own eponymous label, Isabel Manns had the opportunity to intern with big brands in London, such as Burberry, Emilia Wickstead, Elle Magazine and in New York, Naeem Khan and Tanya Taylor.
In New York, she also worked as Assistant Designer for high-end evening wear designer, Alexandra Vidal, as well as freelancing for print design company Style Council.
But of all the time she spent interning, it was her time at Emilia Wickstead that really pushed her to pursue fashion head in. Incidentally, she wasn’t allowed to intern the first time as she was considered too young at 16 years old. But eventually, she went back and ended up interning three times for Wickstead. She was working backstage at a Wickstead show during London fashion week when she decided. “this is it. I’m doing this”
She went on to study fashion design at Parsons, an experience which she recommends for anyone going into fashion, because not only does it give you the basic knowledge, you also learn how to structure, strategize and get the necessary connections for starting out. For this designer, the most interesting part of creating garments from start to finish is whatever inspires her the most and as a print designer, the prints just do it.
Credits- Black PR, British Fashion Council, London Fashion Week