Every WorkShop member occupies their own unique corner of the creative industry. We love the diversity of talent that this brings to our space. We had the pleasure of getting an insight into fashion studio member Julija’s career – her challenges, learnings and words of wisdom…
How did you get into fashion?
“Fashion has always piqued my interest. Even in school, I made outfits for myself and sewed them, despite knowing nothing about patterns or materials. But it was only 5 years ago that I entered the world of fashion, or more specifically, the world of theatrical costumes. In 2019, I created a collection of ballet costumes for the stage production “The Nutcracker.” And it was a fantastic experience. Then came the pandemic, and the theatres were forced to close. I decided to use this time to study and grow in the fashion industry.”
Who inspired you?
“First and foremost, I want to thank my family for their support and for allowing me to do something so unique and daring. I can’t help but think of Danceworks’ Kim White and Lesley Osman, who believed in me and entrusted me with the creation of costumes. Life itself, the world around us, travel, all of this inspires me; I want to colour the world and fill it with positive emotions.”
What are you working on at the moment (if you’re allowed to tell us!)
“I’m currently working on a collection for teenagers in a more classic style. It’s both a challenge and a fascinating experience. I am constantly dealing with objections and trying to find the best one. At the same time, I’m working on festive corset-based women’s outfits.”
What’s your favourite thing about your job?
“Some magic occurs when a tangible object appears from your mental “picture.” This path is sometimes completely unpredictable, and the “picture” in the imagination and the result can be completely different, but all the more interesting. I suppose that’s what they mean by ‘creating.'”
What’s been the biggest learning of your career so far?
“When I relocated from my hometown in Lithuania to London. It was extremely difficult in every way, including the emotional aspect. But it was unquestionably the right decision.”
What do you like about being a member at WorkShop?
“Everything is perfect. First and foremost, these are people, each with their own ideas, visions, and approaches. So inventive and definitely incredible. And our fashion studio is a special place. Where you can be yourself, laugh, seek advice, find support, share an idea, and receive useful feedback. WorkShop is unquestionably my safe space which feels like home!”
Do you have any words of wisdom for those interested in fashion?
“Seek and find. Sometimes even a tiny button can be a big breakthrough.”