Raleigh Fashion Designer Andre Todd Thornton
Tell us about your newest collection. Where did you find your inspiration? How would you define the style your line exemplifies?
My newest collection is my first signature collection named Andre Todd.
I did that to show my range as a designer as the previous collections were thought of as more urban.
The collection has not all been seen as of yet but I will be showing more of it in the next few months up and throughout the East Coast fashion weeks/shows.
What does fashion mean to you?
Fashion is diversity to me. For the person who is all about Street/Urban wear they’re look is just as important and as scrutinized by there peers as is a Rihanna walking the red carpet.
It’s about a progression. Just because you start somewhere doesn’t mean that’s where you’ll finish.
It’s about self discovery and life.
Fashion is the Street’s and don’t let anyone tell you anything different!
How would you define your personal style?
In a few words my personal style is very broad, all encompassing, but classic.
In a world full of trends I remain classic!
How would you define your city’s fashion?
In Raleigh NC fashion is so behind the times and the saddest part about that is they’re comfortable being right where they are!
When did you realize you wanted to become a fashion designer?
My mother modeled in my early years and at the time I wanted to peruse photography and 88 my teen years I fantasized about fashion until in my twenties I started making that fantasy my reality!
If you attended design school, where did you go?
I did not.
I could never afford it.
What was the first article of clothing (or jewelry, accessories etc.) you ever designed?
Men’s and women’s fleece sweats.
The ladies were made as a mid drift and multi collored.
I actually still have a few of them oddly enough.
Tell us about your design process. How long does it usually take you to construct a piece? Do you prefer sketching designs or actually constructing them?
I do both sketch and construct them. However the time frame for either can be a few days or shorter.
One of my strengths is being very decisive and yet being able to stay open.
What are some of your accomplishments as a designer?
I’ve won an award out of Atlanta for best new designer for 2015.
The organizer was a woman named Nakita Barnes.
Who are some of your favorite designers? Why?
John Galliano, Stephanie Rolland, Sean Jean, Jean Paul Gualtier, Tom Ford, Donna Karan etc….
They all for me in one way or another have inspired and elevated the industry and keep me up at night trying to get to the next level.
Where do you buy your fabrics and other sewing materials?
All over online. Locally at a place called Joanne Fabrics, Moods, etc….
What do you believe makes a quality article of clothing (jewelry, accessory etc.)?
The basics. First material is everything,
second construction, and lastly yet equally as important the fit!
How do you prepare for a fashion shoot or show?
By going over every single detail until I can’t get anything wrong.
Chance favors the prepared mind!
What do you look for in a model? What type of person best represents your brand? How do you select them?
Depending on what I’m shooting or sending down the runway that will for me determine the model I select.
On many occasions if I’m sending a gown she has to be able to handle the garment and sometimes she will need to be age appropriate.
The right model can take any design and make it a masterpiece!
What advice do you have for aspiring fashion designers?
Learn from those who came before you and most of all understand that the business of fashion is more important than fashion itself!
What are some of your fashion goals?
To be the best me that I can be and when I’ve done that take it too the next level.
Also to win a CFDA award someday!
What matters to you most as a fashion designer? Do you consider yourself an artist? Why or why not?
To always aspire to be better.
To strive for perfection.
To just get it right.
To continue to grow and learn.
I consider myself an artist on so many levels but simply because I’m so sensitive about my….. well you know!