Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 4th 2014 Contents 6 Friday,July 4, 2014 • Issue 147
Shanice McDonald thrives to make the impossible,
possible. She believes that hard work pays off and you
can do anything you put your mind to.
Holder of a diploma in fashion design, she is currently
studying for her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design
at the University of Trinidad and Tobago. We met this
passionate lover of art and colour to find about what
drives her and her challenges.
MM: What or who made you study design?
SMcD: At a very young age I loved designing and I would
put together little fashion books and show them to my
mom, and she would help me make them into doll cloth-
ing. My mom was the person who encouraged me to fol-
low my dreams to become a fashion designer, she saw
how happy sketching my designs made me and how I
used to light up when I finally finished sewing them. After
my mom passed, my sister and father kept me grounded
and encouraged me to study design.
MM: As a plus size person in the fashion industry, are
there any challenges?
SMcD: Yes, because to some looking into the fashion
world plus size fashion isn't considered as high fashion or
couture, some might even say you would not find a plus
sized woman in couture so most designers wouldn't think
of going into plus sized fashion. To me fashion is for
everyone, they discourage plus sized women because
they can't get that lovely Mara Hoffman dress in their
MM: How would you describe your designs?
SMcD: My designs have a lot of volume, colour, asymetric
shapes, creative prints, layering, drapery and they're ever
so edgy, sexy but girly designs that complement the fe-
MM: Where do you find your inspiration?
SMcD: I find my inspiration from movies mainly but gen-
erally everything excites me. I'm always finding something
to be inspired by from trees to paper, anything that
catches my attention I automatically get ideas for a new
MM: Who is your style icon and why?
SMcD: My style icon is Pierre Cardin for his whimsical ap-
proach to fashion. He was a very interesting person and
fashion designer. His creations took an air of futuristic,
space centric, crazy cool art. He played around with cut
outs and volume, creating textures. His designs inspire
me and make me push myself even more and to think out
of the box to create magnificent designs.
MM: Describe your personal style?
SMcD: My personal style is very girly, sexy with a bit of
an edge and I love to play with colour and experiment
with matching different prints together. I love that lovely
pop of colour that makes everything come together; my
personal style is much like my designs.
MM: What's next for you?
SMcD: At present I am a student at the Caribbean Acad-
emy of Fashion and Design at UTT. When I am finished
with my studies I would like to start my own business of
being a fashion designer producing my designs and selling
MM: Are there other designers that influence your work?
SMcD: There are a lot of designers that influence my
work, just to name a few Christian Boucaud, Dexter Jen-
nings, Giambatista Valli, Helmut Lang and Mara Hoffman.
MM: What's your approach to a collection?
SMcD: My approach to a collection is to first get my inspi-
ration and then do my history on it and gather all the ele-
ments I want to use, then I start sketching. After
sketching a good amount to get all the ideas on to paper I
select 12 and then I start the construction process.
MM: What motivates you as a young upcoming designer?
SMcD: Seeing my designs on the runway motivates me,
anytime I look at one of my designs and I know how hard I
worked to create it, I just get really excited and start de-
signing. My passion for it is what mainly motivates me,
and this love for fashion and art that I have is really hard,
a lot of long night, tears, wanting to give up but I can't be-
cause I love what I do and am so driven by what I want
and where I see myself going, I would never give it up.
MM: What are the most important elements to consider
when it comes to design?
SMcD: To me the important elements to consider are
shape and form, fit, colour, the silhouette, lines, texture or
fabrics, and of course the ones purchasing your designs.
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