Daniel’s profile contains the world of designing and creating garments for the stars. Daniel started designing when he was fifteen years old. Whilst he was at High school in his GSCE years, Daniel took textiles. After doing his GCSE degree at textiles he then sent his design’s to quite a few fashion houses. After doing this his career as a fashion designer took off! Getting replies from Italian designer Roberto Cavalli and project D, saying how extremely talented Daniel is and that he will go far in the fashion industry.
Daniel then applied for a job – however not realising it was in New York, he was successful in getting the job, designing and selling his designs on the American version of the UK’s leading fashion website ‘ASOS’. Daniel had to reject the job due to educational purposes. Since this Daniel has become known to the stars from Nicola Roberts, Cheryl Cole, Leomie Anderson, Carole White and many more.
In today’s world Daniel has recently made clothes to be worn by Leigh Learmont from the Girl band Wonderland, X factor contestant Kitty Brucknell and actress Daniella Westbrook. This came as a huge leap into his fashion career as his first client was a celebrity.
Hello Daniel and Welcome to Design Splat! Tell us a bit about what you do:
Well, I’m a designer that bases designs on things I can relate too
Walk us through a day in the life of Daniel Bird:
I’m still at college studying for my A-Levels so, firstly I go to college, learn, try to fit some of my career into college, come home, do some college work, then work on designs and interviews etc – it may not seem interesting but juggling it all is quite a challenge an different days varies so nothing is ever the same
Where did the idea for DB Boutique come from?
I asked my friend messing around if she’d like to go into designing with me and she wanted to but wasn’t very serious about it so I carried it on, it was just a thing of the moment thing that’s been the best decision of my life!
What type of clothing do you design?
Erm, I design things that myself and friends like, I wouldn’t design something that they didn’t like but I also like to design things that people feel comfortable in. I’ve done some pieces on Alexander McQueen and Gaga.
Who is your target audience?
I’ve designed some women’s clothes but I’m now designing for men & women, I target people in their teens to late 20′s
Do you have your clothes in any stores yet?
Not at this moment, hopefully I will soon though
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully in university studying so I still have a full education but I’d love to be sat in my head office of an international fashion label!
Who have you designed for?
Kitty Brucknell (X-Factor), Leigh Learmont (from girlgroup Wonderland), Elen Rivas, Bradley Johnson, Sean Clancy, Shaun Wright-Phillips and many more that I can’t remember, there’s too many! I’ve recently received a letter from Nadine Coyle saying she supports me and my career so I’ve designed some stuff for her!
How do you rate yourself as a fashion designer?
On a scale of 1-10 around 8 because I’ve never really felt as though I’ve been a good designer, it’s just everybody tells me so I believe them.
In your eyes what makes a good fashion designer?
Patience!! I created a garment and went through 3 sewing machines in less than a week and an unbelievable amount of sewing needles! You need patience in the industry, also designing garments that will stand out from other labels but people will still like them
Do you think the Fashion industry is difficult to break into?
I would say so, but if you put the effort in, you’ll get to where you want to very easily!
What do you think it takes to become successful in the design industry?
Have designs that are not like the latest trends that most labels are creating, you want things that stand out but at the same time people like them
What to you is the most important aspect of creating a garment, the planning, design or implementation and why?
Design – you can be creative whilst designing and it’s not too late to change everything
What drives you/give you the ‘go’ to keep at it and do everything?
Defiantly the supporters, without them I wouldn’t be where I am now!!
Does fame attract you?
I suppose so yeah, I’m one of those people who likes to get my voice across and I think fame is such a good thing to get things across
Where does your inspiration come from for your designs?
Definitely Alexander McQueen, Lady Gaga & Jeremy Scott – all 3 are amazing people! Jeremy has strangely complimented me on my designs! I also design things that I like and my friends like.
Three words to describe yourself?
Crazy, kind, determined
Hobbies and other interests?
In my spare time, I like swimming, horse riding and spending time with my family – I love ‘down time’ to be me without worrying about what Twitter & other social network sites will think about me
Favourite Fashion Designer?
Alexander McQueen himself, I also like Sarah Burton though.
Any Tips or advice to share with aspiring designers?
Definitely do not give up, if you believe you will achieve! Remember things are never a failure, they’re always a lesson learnt!