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with fashion designer
Harvey Robertson is a graduate of the
University of Trinidad and Tobago’s Bach-
elor of Fine Arts Degree in Fashion Design.
He was recently selected as a designer
for Brian Mac Farlane’s Collection, Caz-
abon The Art of Living. Under the guid-
ance of Mc Farlane, he designed the cos-
tume entitled Citizens For Conservation.
He is known for his work which is inspired
by the by the diversity of the Caribbean
WOW Magazine interviewed the young
WOW: When did you realize that you
wanted to be a designer?
HR: Fashion got my attention when I began
the Fashion design programme at UTT. Before
that I began sewing about 13 years old at St
Mary’s Children’s’ Home in Tarcarigua as an
extra curricular activity because it interested
How has education played a role in
shaping your career?
Fashion for me was viewed as a step too
high for me. I paid it no mind but I loved
clothing and textiles and construction.
The Fashion Programme at UTT exposed
me to the world of fashion. It helped to bring
out my creativeness while giving me the fun-
damental standards to which I can create at
the professional level.
Talk about your experience with Caz-
abon The Art Of Living.
It’s an honour to be part of the Mac Farlane
Carnival Collection ‘Cazabon’. To be selected
among some of the top designers in the coun-
try is honour for a freshman like me. With
the guidance from Brian Mac Farlane my cos-
tume titled Citizens For Conservation was
inspired by the plight of the activist group
Citizens for Conservation and their work to
save our heritage sites. It was a picture taken
by Joshua Lou (a partner of the activism group)
of the demolition of the old Greyfriars Church
on Frederick Street, Port of Spain which direct-
ed my design. He was trying to stop the dem-
olition well inside structure when he captured
that awesome imagery. Right away Mac Farlane
loved the inspiration and we worked to bring
to life. Making costumes is very different for
making clothing. The aspects are functional-
ity, comfort, and aesthetic are even more
important, especially at the Mac Farlane camp.
What are your currently working on?
I’m currently working on getting my cloth-
ing into retail. Also, I am focusing on building
a customer base that eventually reaches Carib-
bean and future markets not specifically to
creating collections but singular branded items
that has my signature on it.
What do you consider your design style?
My design style is urban chic which is func-
tional, versatile with elements of Caribbean
cosmopolitan society. So it is a fusion which
applies to the city life but transforms into our
What do you enjoy most about being a
I enjoy people’s reaction to my designs.
Their interest in my clothing makes me feel
fulfilled. I don’t really show it but I’m jump-
ing inside. Design also validates my instincts.
We have so many thoughts just in our mind
but design is like that thought coming back
at me and agreeing with me about me.
What is the most challenging thing
about being a designer?
Most challenging would be getting that idea
to life in the midst of the constraints of real-
ity and fundamental principles. Sometimes
what you envision is held up by well respect-
ed standards yet it provokes you to create a
Are there any key elements that carry
through all your designs?
The key elements in my designs but not
necessarily all are versatility, tailored, func-
tionality, boldness and zippers.
Talk about collections you’ve put out
So far I have done two collections, Sp Cool
which is a resort line of cool colours like blue
teal, cool pink, soft light green and blues. The
fabrics used were cottons and twill blends for
comfort breathable wear. This was a spin of
from my Mini collection done at my third
year at UTT. Where I was mentored by design-
er Robert Young to create transformational
clothing. I eventually came up with a cocktail
skirt that can become a evening wear and a
two sided jacket that can be transformed into
My lastest was the I Am Soca collection
which begins with the phrase I Am which
explores a sense of identity. It is a redefining
of the main racial groups of Trinidad and
Tobago as Africans and Indians to no specif-
ic title but to the ideal of being a people influ-
enced by each ethnic culture to bring out a
unique new breed of people. Soca, as an exam-
ple of this new breed being influenced by pop
culture and electronic mediums. Some of the
pieces are a coming together of segmented
pieces representing different people coming
together. Some, layers in three dimension an
flat dimension representing the merging to
become a new pattern. A new rhythm. A Soca.
Photographer - Richard Bhagan
Model - Athaliah Samuel
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