Designer Arefeh Mansouri collaborated with Celebrity Photographer Juan Pont Lezica to create a beautiful picture that was inspired from Sir Fredric Leighton art “Flaming June”. The picture was exhibited at “The Parthenon”, Nashville’s Art Museum.
EMERGE! NY Fashion Week Interviews Costume and Fashion Designer Arefeh Mansouri Can you tell us a little about your work? I work as a Costume Designer and I have a line of Couture Wear. Most of my designs are currently Bridal and Evening gowns. So tell us more about your designs? My designs are a fusion of old and new. A
combination of timeless traditions that never go out of style, with an edgy modern flare. Who or what inspires you? There isn’t any one thing that I can identify as inspiring. I can find anything inspiring. For example, nature, people, types of fabric and even music. How does it feel to show your line in EMERGE!? I am ecstatic!
EMERGE! is a great opportunity for up-and-coming designers to show their talent on a world platform. Going back to your designs, what kind of women do you design for? My designs are created for the unafraid. Decisive women who are nonconforming, trend setting and like to stand out in a crowd. What does the future hold for Arefeh Mansouri? God willing, in the not too distant future, I will have the opportunity to expand my line and one day see women from all over the world wear my clothes.
I am also hoping to advance my career in the Costume Design Industry and have many more movies under my belt. However, in the immediate future, my newest Ready
To Wear items, from my Couture line, will be available in Soho, NYC.
For answers to many of your burning questions, check out Arefeh Mansouri’s interview for Zee Report. Arefeh started as a Pre-med student and very soon realized that following her passion for fashion and Design is what she really wants to pursue in life. She has been successful as a designer. Like most,she has seen her share of struggle. Let’s see what she has to say about her journey 1. So how did you start your career? Fashion first or something else? I Initially chose a path that was far removed from art and fashion. I entered college with the intention of matriculating Â into medical school by majoring in Biological Sciences. I soon realized that, although I was headed to a worthy career path, I simply was headed for a vocation that didn’t allow me to express my innate creativity.Â So I simply followed my instinct and went with what I was most passionate about. Fashion and Costume Design was way of being an artist, a historian, and an architect all in one. 2. What attracted you towards the fashion industry? To be honest I simply love to design and create.Â I can’t say that I got into this because of the Industry.Â The Industry is the infrastructure and engine that makes it all possible.Â But I am not just in this to make a buck.Â I am in this to feed my passion 3. What do you do in the industry? I currently design Wedding dresses and evening wear for Â boutiques.Â I am also launching an high-end Ready to Wear Couture line that will be available for sale in NYC. Â These unique pieces are a representation of my soul and passion for the art of design. 4. What were the challenges you faced in the industry? The Industry has become very difficult to break through as of late. I believe that everything has become celebrity driven. Â The unfortunate consequence is that, these days fashion has become more generic because of it. People have lost the confidence to be uqnique and seem to want to fit into whatever stereotype they are being forced into. This is obviously make the jobs of top emerging designers difficult when trying to make a name for yourself.Â But if you are talented and hard working enough you can break through. 5. How did you overcome them? I simply don’t give up. Not that I haven’t felt like it.Â But persistence is the mother if success in this industry. Not that I am in any way complacent. I have a long way to go and I wont stop until I am there. 6. What could you have done differently? I could have done many things differently but each mistake was an educational event. 7. How did therecession effect you? Well people are less likely to spend, as a whole, so you have to tone down things a little to make them more affordable withoutsacrificing quality. 8. Did the stress level affect your personal life? Thankfully I have a supportive husband and family.Â But I don’t get to see mylong time friends as often as I would like. 9. What are your long term goals? To take over the world!Â Â Actually, I just want to do what I love and be the best at it. 10. Ten years from now where do you see your brand and yourself? Ten years from now I am hoping that I have established myself as oneof the worlds top designers who is known for her unique style and creativity that profoundly effected the world of fashion.Â I am also hoping to advancemy career in the Costume Design Industry and have many more movies under my belt. 11. What is the advice you would like to give to someone who is starting out to do something similar. Be smart with your money and try to anticipate things that can go wrong in production so your not caught with your pants down (Pardon the Pun) Currently i’m preparing for NY Fashion Week I was chosen to show my collection at EMERGE! fashion show at NY
Fashion Week (September 11,2012)