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NICOLE GILL – CORSETRY & LINGERIE DESIGNER/MAKER

Posted August 16th by Design Splat in Clothing Designer, Corsetry Designer, Fashion, Fashion Designers, Lingerie Designer, Online Retail

Finding Nicole Gill was by pure accident! It was via the @designsplat twitter account! A couple of DM’s later and Nicole had agreed to be featured on here! She has some gorgeous creations that needed showing off! Enjoy the interview and don’t forget to take a look at her online store! http://www.nicolegill.com

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Welcome to Design Splat Nicole!

Tell us a bit about what you do and your brand:

Nicole Gill Lingerie is a bespoke brand which specialises in authentic steel boned corsets and luxury lingerie pieces, using only the most elegant silks and laces. Each corset is handmade to exact measurements, ensuring that the body is shaped to perfection with an exquisitely cinched waist and silhouette. I aim to create unique lingerie pieces that make every woman feel elegant and beautiful.

Where did the idea for your brand come from?

I have always wanted to own a boutique and sell my own garments. After graduating from De Montfort University, I decided that this was the best time for me to get the ball rolling!

What type of lingerie?

I design and make steel boned corsets which cinch in the waist by 3-4 inches. I also create elegant lingerie pieces, including bras, briefs and nightwear, which have vintage influences.

Who is your target audience?

My target audience is anyone that wants to treat themselves to something special; I wouldn’t want to limit myself to a specific age range. My aim is to supply women with the tools to accentuate the silhouette, whilst maintaining an elegant and feminine style.

Do you have your lingerie in any stores yet?

Not at the minute, but I am having interest from a few stockists!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I would love to have my own boutique where anyone can come and buy bespoke corsets, designed and made especially for them. Meanwhile, being stocked by a variety of boutiques all over the world.

Anything big planned for your collection? Anything else being added? What can we look forward to from the collection?

I was very careful when designing this collection; I wanted it to include a wide variety of products whilst not repeating myself. I feel that I have finalised the use of these fabrics and shades.

How do you rate yourself as a lingerie designer?

Its difficult to rate yourself, hopefully sales will portray how skilful I am!

In your eyes what makes a good fashion designer?

A good fashion designer has to have an eye for detail. I also feel that they have to have good colour co-ordinating skills. With lingerie- fit has to be everything!

Do you think the Fashion industry is difficult to break into?

I would say it is one of the most difficult fields to get in too. More and more talented students graduate each year and each are competing for the same jobs. It’s all about luck and waiting for an opportunity to come along.

What do you think it takes to become successful in the design industry?

It takes a lot of talent as well as skills; I would also say that patience is essential; especially when starting out. Networking is a must; it’s all about who you know!

What to you is the most important aspect of creating a garment, the planning, design or implementation and why?

Probably the design aspect, which is also my favourite process. This is where the foundation of the collection comes together, the silhouette is created in the mind and then the fabrics and trims all have to be decided.

What drives you/give you the ‘go’ to keep at it and do everything?

I am very passionate about my collection and I really want people to see it and enjoy it. I am very driven and I will complete the task set for me.

Does fame attract you?

I guess everyone is attracted to fame. I would rather my brand and designs are well know. I would love to see one of my corsets on a celebrity!

Where does your inspiration come from for your designs?

I find inspiration in a vast range of things; however my new collection is based upon the original and classic tea-party in Wonderland. The collection includes tight-laced corsets, vintage style briefs, unique bralette’s and feminine nightwear pieces. The designs feature chiffon ruffles, steel bones and delicate bows. I took inspiration from the tea-party scene because I have always loved the stories of Alice’s adventures; I wanted to create a cute yet vintage collection.

Where can we buy your clothes?

For now, my garments are available at http://www.nicolegill.com!

Three words to describe yourself?

Creative, Determined, Enthusiastic

Hobbies and other interests?

I love travelling to exotic places, anything to do with fashion, going to the cinema and to the gym.

Favourite Lingerie Designer?

I love Ell and Cee, their garments are beautiful.

Tools of the trade?

My amazing sewing machine, over locker and the latest addition is my eyelet machine! I’m very lucky to have a web designer as my fiancé and my sister is my model. I work them very hard!

Any Tips or advice to share with aspiring designers?

Keep on going, if you have creativity and talent don’t give up. The right opportunity will come along!

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Contact Details:

Websites: http://www.nicolegill.com

Email: nicolejlgill@googlemail.com

Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/nicolegilldesigns

Facebook Profile: http://www.facebook.com/nicolejlgill

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/NicoleGLingerie

Model Mayhem: http://www.modelmayhem.com/nicolegill

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